Summits on the Air 2023: North America

Summits on the Air 2023: North America / via ARRL

Summits on the Air (SOTA) in North America has three events scheduled between August 4 – 7, 2023. The Colorado 14er annual event will run from August 4 – 7, the SoCal SOTAFest in Southern California will run from August 4 – 6, and the Pacific Northwest Not-Quite-Fourteener event will run from August 5 – 6, and includes climbers in Washington and Oregon.

SOTA is an award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. It provides opportunities for summit climbers (known as activators) to scale some of the highest peaks in North America and contact amateur radio stations locally and around the world.

Many different frequencies and modes will be used during the August events, but the recommended 2-meter FM frequencies have been changed to 146.58, 146.55, and 146.49 MHz to align with the use of the North America Adventure Frequency for SOTA (146.58 MHz). Operation is also permitted on select HF frequencies. The National Simplex Frequency (146.52 MHz) may also be used. Each event website provides a list of operating frequencies. All amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners are invited to participate.

Read more about SOTA at their website