What is HOTA?

HOTA (Heritage on the air) is an amateur radio group that strives to motivate radio amateurs to learn more about history, and to keep history alive by activating a multitude of historical sites by using SSB, AM, FM, CW and even with Heliographs.

Amateur Radio

With the help of radio amateurs we're now able to take back our history and keep it alive.

Historical Landmarks

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself” – Danny Kaye

Plotting all our historical landmarks are important if we want to keep our heritage, and what a way to do it using our ham hobby!

Our Heritage

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies - all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.

How to get started

Getting started with HOTA is as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  • Step 1

    As a licensed radio amateur you have to register on the site as an Activator or as a Chaser or Both.

    Only Registered and Approved HOTA points can be activated and chased for score in the contest.

  • Step 2

    As an activator when activating a point, complete the activation form on the site and submit.

    As a chaser, when you made contact with a HOTA point, complete the chaser scorecard form on the site and submit.

  • Step 3

    Each activator and chaser logs on the provided spreadsheet, which can then be uploaded later to your profile.

    For more information on activating/chasing HOTA points please be sure to check the Rules page.

  • Step 4

    Once a year, 2 weeks before the AGM of the Bo-Karoo Amateur Radio Club, entries to the contest will be frozen, as to determine an annual winner of the contest, which will be appropriately published. Within 5 days from the freeze date, hunters and activators submit their respective spreadsheets per email.


Read all the HOTA Rules Here.

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