Welcome to Summits on the Air!

SOTA is an award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas.

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New to SOTA?

SOTA has been carefully designed to make participation possible for all Radio Amateurs and Shortwave Listeners - 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).

See the 'Joining In' section of the website for lots of information, advice, rules, guidelines and our FAQs.

SOTA is fully operational in nearly a hundred countries across the world. Each country has its own Association which defines the recognised 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 Honour Roll for Activators and Chasers is maintained at the SOTA online database.

SOTA is designed to be compatible with other mountain users. Please see our environmental statement for details.

Latest SOTA Spots

21:26 KD5ZZK on W5N/SC-014 7.2025 ssb
21:08 VK1AD/2 on VK2/ST-034 144.200 ssb
21:04 KM6DQU on W6/CT-245 146.52 fm
20:57 KM6DQU on W6/CT-245 14.323 ssb
20:55 VK1AD/2 on VK2/ST-034 144.200 ssb
20:52 K5RHD on W5N/SC-002 14.293 SSB
20:51 VE2JCW on VE2/LR-061 14.057 cw
20:45 WB5USB on W5N/SC-002 14.0615 cw
20:44 KM6DQU on W6/CT-245 14.287 ssb
20:43 K5RHD on W5N/SC-002 7.281 SSB

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