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The SOTA 2020 (and beyond) ‘Flavours’ Challenge

The SOTA 2020 (and beyond) ‘Flavours’ Challenge

A series of themed challenges will take place in 2020, as part of the SOTA – Summits On The Air awards programme.

The idea is to encourage SOTA activity on bands and modes that are popular in amateur radio generally, but somewhat under-represented in SOTA.

The SOTA ‘Flavours’ Challenge 2020

January 1st-7th 2020: LF – 160m & 80m
February 1st-7th 2020: Datamodes
March 1st-7th 2020: Digital voice
April 1st-7th 2020: LF – 160m & 80m
May 1st-7th 2020: Datamodes
June 1st-7th 2020: 12m, 10m & 6m
July 1st-7th 2020: 70cm
Aug 1st-7th 2020: 17m
Sept 1st-7th 2020: Datamodes
Oct 1st-7th 2020: Digital voice
Nov 1st-7th 2020: LF – 160m & 80m
Dec 1st-7th 2020: 12m, 10m & 6m


Number of unique QSO partners worked multiplied by the number of unique summits activated.

Number of unique activators worked multiplied by the number of unique summits worked.

Only QSOs made on the nominated band or mode, on the dates specified, will count towards Challenge scores.

To take part in the “Flavours” Challenge, simply enter your activator and chaser logs into the SOTA Database as normal.

Background/further information:
There hasn’t been a SOTA Challenge for several years. Like in the past we want to encourage use of parts of the spectrum, and operating modes that are generally less represented in SOTA, but keen to maximise participation by making the Challenge both diverse and inclusive.

The first seven days of each month will be “Challenge Days”.
This guarantees that there is no bias towards weekday or weekend days, and also ensures that the majority of each month will see a more “normal” distribution of SOTA operating.

There may be one or two “Flavours” in the schedule that are not of interest or not available to individual participants. This “unique x unique” scoring algorithm will mean missing one or two “Flavours” out should not be hugely detrimental to your score in comparison to other participants. Nonetheless, the spirit of the Challenge is to encourage activators and chasers to try something new!

Towards the end of 2020, we will review the Challenge and determine the 12 “Flavours” for 2021. It is thought unlikely that any year would have exactly the same schedule of “Flavours” as the previous, but this schedule will always be decided and published in advance.

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