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.

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A quick step by step tutorial for activators, chasers and sponsors
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Updated: 8 February 2024
Prepare, Promote, Picture
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Unlock points for activators, chasers and sponsors
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How to prepare for spur-of-the-moment-activations in places without cell service
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Why videos are essential for these users
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Increasing quality and increasing the visibility of chasers
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Start dates and compulsory rest
Submitted by EC1CW on 2 February 2024
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Logging your contact with an activator and claiming your points
Submitted by KO4GAR on 1 February 2024
Updated: 1 February 2024
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