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.