Awards

Beaches On The Air offers a number of awards to recognise the achievements of activators and chasers and encourage their participation in the programme. Here you can learn more about them.

BOTA Activator 500

BOTA Activator 500 is the top-level award for activators, which requires a minimum of 500 activator points. Activators accumulate points with each QSO. Their total score is calculated by adding the square root of the number of QSOs made in each different activation. Activators can activate the same beach as many times as they wish and they will always earn additional points. However, there will be decreasing returns to each additional QSO within a single activation due to the square-root rule, which encourages the exploration of new beaches.

BOTA Chaser 500

The BOTA Chaser 100 award is our top-level award for chasers. It requires you to accumulate 500 points as a chaser, i.e. to make QSOs as a chaser in 500 different activations, and confirm these QSOs through the Beaches On The Air website. This is probably our most difficult top-level award, but also an extremely important one, because the activity of chasers is a necessary condition for the other awards (activator and leader awards).

BOTA Leader 500

The BOTA Leader 500 award is our top-level award for leaders. It requires you to accumulate 500 points as a leader, i.e. to receive a minimum of 500 chaser confirmations for your activations. This award is a recognition not only for your activity as an activator, but also for your success in encouraging chasers to confirm their QSOs with you through the Beaches On The Air website. This is currently our most difficult and prestigeous top-level award for activators.

 

BOTA Activator 100

BOTA Activator 100 is the second-level award for activators, which requires a minimum of 100 activator points. Activators accumulate points with each QSO. Their total score is calculated by adding the square root of the number of QSOs made in each different activation. Activators can activate the same beach as many times as they wish and they will always earn additional points. However, there will be decreasing returns to each additional QSO within a single activation due to the square-root rule, which encourages the exploration of new beaches.

BOTA Leader 100

The BOTA Leader 100 award is our second-level award for leaders. It requires you to accumulate 100 points as a leader, i.e. to receive a minimum of 100 chaser confirmations for your activations. This award is a recognition not only for your activity as an activator, but also for your success in encouraging chasers to confirm their QSOs with you through the Beaches On The Air website. This is currently our most difficult and prestigeous second-level award for activators.

 

BOTA Chaser 100

The BOTA Chaser 100 award is our second-level award for chasers. It requires you to accumulate 100 points as a chaser, i.e. to make QSOs as a chaser in 100 different activations, and confirm these QSOs through the Beaches On The Air website. This is probably our most difficult entry-level award, but also an extremely important one, because the activity of chasers is a necessary condition for the other awards (activator and leader awards).

BOTA Activator 50

BOTA Activator 50 is the entry-level award for activators, which requires a minimum of 50 activator points. Activators accumulate points with each QSO. Their total score is calculated by adding the square root of the number of QSOs made in each different activation. Activators can activate the same beach as many times as they wish and they will always earn additional points. However, there will be decreasing returns to each additional QSO within a single activation due to the square-root rule, which encourages the exploration of new beaches.

BOTA Leader 50

The BOTA Leader 50 award is our entry-level award for leaders. It requires you to accumulate 50 points as a leader, i.e. to receive a minimum of 50 chaser confirmations for your activations. This award is a recognition not only for your activity as an activator, but also for your success in encouraging chasers to confirm their QSOs with you through the Beaches On The Air website. This is currently our most difficult and prestigeous entry-level award for activators.

 

BOTA Chaser 50

The BOTA Chaser 50 award is our entry-level award for chasers. It requires you to accumulate 50 points as a chaser, i.e. to make QSOs as a chaser in 50 different activations, and confirm these QSOs through the Beaches On The Air website. This is probably our most difficult entry-level award, but also an extremely important one, because the activity of chasers is a necessary condition for the other awards (activator and leader awards).