Mountain Explorer and Mountain Hunter Awards


Each award is certificate based using a different format from existing SOTA certificates. These awards recognize that there are now many Associations based worldwide and that many activators take the opportunity presented by the CEPT regulations to take their equipment with them on vacation. This award rewards those activators that operate in associations which are not necessarily their home association.. Chasers make every effort to help activators qualify their summit but often they are looking for that unique summit that presents a true challenge to the dedicated chaser and the Mountain Hunter Award has been created for them. In brief the requirements needed to claim an award are as follows:


Mountain Explorer


The essence of the award is to recognise the activation and qualification of Summits, in accordance with SOTA General Rules and the local association's rules, in a number of different associations.


   Bronze Award - confirmed activation of at least one summit in each of 5 Associations

   Silver Award - confirmed activation of at least one summit in each of 10 Associations

   Gold Award - confirmed activation of at least one summit in each of 15 Associations

   Platinum Award - confirmed activation of at least one summit in each of 20 Associations

   Globetrotter Award - confirmed activation of at least one summit in every participating association


Example: To claim the Bronze Award an activator would need to have activated one summit is at least five qualifying associations - these could be GM, G, F, DL and ON as an example.


Mountain Hunter


VHF (50MHz and above) Award


Chaser should contact (or hear for the SWL award) at least 2 different summits in each of 5 associations using just VHF/UHF any mode.


Endorsement for UHF only qualification (430MHz and above)


Steps of 5 Associations for each award: 10, 15, 20, etc

Award                  No. of Associations

Bronze Award                5

Silver Award                10

Gold Award                  15

Platinum Award            20+


All bands Award


Chaser should contact (or SWL, hear) at least 2 different summits in each of 5 associations. The higher level awards require that at least one association claimed is on a different continent from the claimant's normal residential QTH. Level 1 can be claimed with contacts only on the claimant's own continent (1 continent); higher level awards require intercontinental contacts.


Endorsement for all 50MHz qualification


Steps of 5 Associations for each award: 10 (including 2 continents), 15 (including 2 continents), 20 (and 3 continents), Worked all Associations (all qualifying continents)

Award                    No. of Associations           No. of Continents

Bronze Award                 5                                      1

Silver Award                 10                                      2

Gold Award                   15                                      2

Platinum Award             20+                                    3

Worked All Associations ALL                                    4 or 5