What is SOTA?

Summits on the Air (SOTA) is an award scheme for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas.  SOTA has been carefully designed to make participation possible for everyone - this is not just for mountaineers! There are awards for activators (those who ascend to the summits) and chasers (who either operate from home, a local hilltop or are even Activators on other summits).

Ron - WT5RZ with a Yaesu FT-817 on W5/FR-003.

SOTA is now fully operational in many countries across the world.  Each country has its own Association which defines the recognized SOTA summits within that Association.  Each summit earns the activators and chasers a score which is related to the height of the summit.  Certificates are available for various scores, leading to the prestigious "Mountain Goat" and "Shack Sloth" trophies.  An Honor Roll for Activators and Chasers is maintained at the SOTA online database. 

You can visit the SOTA home page at www.sota.org.uk.