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 –  

There is a Yahoo group for SOTA in 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
VK3BYD Warren
VK3MRG Marshall
VK3PF Peter
VK3WAM Wayne
VK3YY Glenn
VK3ZPF Peter
VK5LA Andy

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]

VK3HRA S2S 250

VK3HRA activator 250

VK3HRA activator 100

VK3HRA chaser 100

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