Joining In

How do I start?

Summits on the Air is an amateur radio awards scheme. To participate in this scheme you do not become a "member", there are no dues to be paid or membership cards to be issued. You can join in straight away! You will find it helpful to register accounts our online services, namely SOTAwatch, the SOTA Database and the SOTA Reflector. There is no charge for these accounts, but once registered you can use SOTAwatch to see what is happening right now in SOTA and, join in discussions on the Reflector and log your activity in the Database. We recommend that you save a copy of your passwords in a safe place - every week we have to help people who have forgotten their passwords!

You can then Chase or Activate when you feel like it - SOTA is global, activations can take place throughout the 24 hours of the day. Once you transfer your log to the database there is a permanent record and you can check your entries against those of the stations that you contacted, and keep track of your progress towards awards. Later you might wish to purchase awards, trophies or goods from our on-line shop. These purchases and the occasional donation are the means of financing the SOTA facilities.

You can find out much more information on the Summits on the Air programme from the resources on the left. Click through to:

  • An Introduction to Chasing by Roy, G4SSH
  • An Introduction to Activating by John, G4YSS
  • The Rules and Guidelines
  • Our Environmental Statement
  • And our Frequently Asked Questions