Summits on the Air
Summits on the Air (SOTA) is an award program that encourages amateurs to make contacts in the mountainous outdoors. Amateur Radio operators climb or walk their way to the top of defined summits and operate on various radio bands thereby activating that summit. SOTA has been carefully designed to make participation possible for everyone. There are awards for activators and chasers.
• Activators hike up to the registered SOTA summit and activate the location by setting up a station and making contacts with a minimum of four different stations.
• Chasers can operate from home, portable or other SOTA locations and make contact with activators. Short Wave Listeners are chasers who hear but do not contact activators.
For more information about the SOTA program visit – http://www.sota.org.uk.
There is a Yahoo group for SOTA in Australia – http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/SOTA_Australia You don’t need to have a yahoo id to join the mailing list, but it is recommended as it lets you look at shared files, photos and a database showing progress towards documenting summits.
Summaries of activations and upcoming plans are being documented via blogs. The subjects covered are broad and provide a valuable source of information for planning activations as well as an insight to the experience from the other side.
VK SOTA Blogs,
VK1DA Andrew http://vk1da.net/blog
VK1DI Ian http://vk1di.blogspot.com/
VK2JI Ed http://vk2ji.com
VK3BYD Warren http://vk3byd.wordpress.com/
VK3MRG Marshall http://vk3mrg.weebly.com/
VK3PF Peter http://vk3pf.wordpress.com/
VK3WAM Wayne http://waynemerry.wordpress.com/
VK3YY Glenn http://vk3yy.wordpress.com/
VK3ZPF Peter http://www.vk3zpf.com/
VK5AKH Andy http://vk5.akh.id.au/
VK5LA Andy http://vk5la.wordpress.com
VK5PAS Paul http://vk5pas.wordpress.com/
SOTA is not inherently a competitive activity, it’s about individual aspirations and working towards a goal at your own pace. However,
[Shack Sloth achieved on 25-May-2013 awaiting trophy]