Huts On The Air: A New Zealand take on the amateur radio passtime of travelling to remote summits (SOTA), islands (IOTA), parks (POTA) for the purpose of radio communication. New Zealand has over 950 public backcountry huts managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and uncounted other private and club huts scattered through the high country. And, lets face it - hauling you radio gear to the nearest DOC hut is cheaper than sailing it to a remote island. And sitting at the table by the fire in a cozy hut is far more comfortable than clinging to some remote mountain summit whist the wind and rain try to destroy your shelter, radio and will to live.
NZParks On The Air: Over 30% of NZ is protected as conservation land - giving us one of the best networks of parks in the world. There are over 12000 out there to activate - so what are you waiting for?
NZIslands On The Air: The lakes and inshore waters of NZ are host to 1511 named islands. Most are accessible by boat or kayak, and a few are even connected to the mainland by bridges and causeways. Take a look and see what's near you - you may be surprised.
Lakes On The Air: NZ hosts 1154 named lakes, many of which are accessible by car or 4WD. Others require challenging walks, or even boat journeys. Lakes on the air has something for everyone. Take a look and see what's near you - you may be surprised. NZART host an award scheme based on the same list of lakes - just be aware that 2 contacts from each lake are required for NZART.
SOTA, POTA, WWFF: Lists and maps of summits and parks for these schemes are also included on this site, but you are encouraged to use the official sites to log activations. You can export your logs from this site to each of these programmes - see under your callsign
So take on the challenge. Test your ability to operate in remote locations with portable, low-power equipment. Or test your ability to work those back country, low power stations at your own home QTH with the challenges of the noisy domestic, urban environment.
- A single contact either from or to a backcountry hut is all it takes to 'bag' that hut and add it to your tally.
- A single contact either from or to a conservation area is all it takes to 'bag' that park and add it to your tally.
- A single contact either from (i.e. on the ground on) or to an inshore or freshwater island is all it takes to 'bag' that island and add it to your tally.
- A single contact from within 100m of a lake is all it takes to 'bag' that lake and add it to your tally. Two contacts are required for the NZART award. Chasers require just one contact.
- You will receive activator points for activating a location once per UTC calendar year. Reactiviating it within the year is a valid activation but will not add to your points.
- You will receive chaser points for chasing a location once per UTC calendar day. Contacting another operator at the same location on the same day is a valid contact, but will not add to your chaser points.
- The first person to bag a hut, park or island gets bragging rights for having activated that location.
- Log your contact to/from a hut, park or island recording (at minimum): time, date, frequency, mode, both callsigns, location of each activating party, and both signal reports.
- The competition is open-ended and has no closing date.
- Historic (pre 2020) contacts can be included
- Huts must be either DOC or club huts or off-grid, back country private huts to qualify.
- Islands and Lakes must be in the NZ Geographic Placenames Database from LINZ to qualify.
- Parks must either be in the Protected Areas database from LINZ (DOC, local council parks) or listed as regional parks by a regional council.
- Parks under 10ha are excluded from the contest
- Parks that are 'Marginal strips' (aka Queen's chain riverbank reserves) and 'Local Purpose Reserves' (such as gravel pits, community halls, etc) are excluded from the contest
- QRP or QRO - all welcome. It's your call how much radio gear you wish to lug into the backcountry!
You can use any frequency of mode you wish - including repeater operation. However - the following HF SSB frequencies can be considered 'recommended'. These are the SOTA frequency for each band, with the QRP SSB frequency. See the official unofficial SOTA frequency list for CW, VHF and UHF options
|Band||SOTA Frequency||QRP SSB Frequency|
First register on the site by clicking 'Sign Up' in the header bar.
Second, record your contacts by clicking on the Add Log button under 'My Logs'
And that's about it. You can add more huts if you want - please email me if you want editor permissions adding to your account - they are disabled by default to prevent mischief. Use the Add button under 'huts'. All DOC-administered parks are currently present on the site. I may try an add council-run regional parks later, if I can find a source for the boundaries. Let me know if there is any specific park you want that is missing.
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