Welcome to Beaches On The Air - BOTA

Amateur radio from the beach

Beaches On The Air is an award scheme for radio amateurs that promotes portable operation from beaches. We have rolls of honour and awards for activators (those who operate from the beaches), chasers (those who contact them from home or elsewhere), and sponsors (those who sponsor the activations in which activators and chasers participate).

You can participate from any beach, country or region around the world. Our programme currently lists more than 30,000 beaches, often drawn from official sources, such as environmental protection agencies, but we add new beaches all the time as they get activated. You can activate the same beach as many times as you wish and you can always earn additional points, and there is no restriction on how you get to the activation point or on the power source you use for your station.

Related content: 
Prepare, Promote, Picture
Friday, 1 January 2016
Updated: 6 November 2021
The importance of regular chasers for activators
Saturday, 30 April 2022
Updated: 30 April 2022
Awards, distinctions, levels, colour codes
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
Updated: 27 April 2022
Displaying your achievements as an activator, chaser or sponsor
Saturday, 9 April 2022
Updated: 9 April 2022
Increasing quality and empowering chasers
Friday, 11 March 2022
Updated: 13 March 2022
Showing off our global outlook
Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Updated: 5 March 2022
Avoiding errors and stressing our global vocation
Sunday, 6 February 2022
Updated: 6 February 2022
Making it clearer that Beaches On The Air is free to play
Thursday, 3 February 2022
Updated: 4 February 2022
Strengthening the role of sponsors
Tuesday, 1 February 2022
Updated: 1 February 2022