Welcome to Beaches On The Air - BOTA
Beaches On The Air is an award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation from beaches. There are awards for activators (those who operate from the beaches) and chasers (those who contact activators from home or elsewhere). You can participate from any country or region around the world. Our beach lists currently contain more than 30,000 beaches and aim to be as exhaustive and objective as possible, and are often based on official sources, such as environmental protection agencies.
Activators and chasers accumulate points with each QSO. As an activator, you will earn activator points based on the square root of the number of QSOs you make, as well as leader points based on the number of confirmations you receive from chasers through our website. As a chaser, you will earn points with each QSO that you confirm on the website. Unlike in other programmes, you can activate, or chase, the same beach as many times as you wish and you will always earn additional points. Unlike other programmes too, Beaches On The Air does not impose any restriction on how you get to the activation point or on the power source you use for your station. It encourages energy efficiency, however, by creating a special category for QRP operations.
There are several rolls of honour, as well as certificates available for various achievements, both for activators and chasers.