Summits on the Air

What is Summits on the Air?

Summits On The Air (SOTA) is a points based award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. SOTA is designed for all Radio Amateurs and Shortwave Listeners – this is not just for mountaineers! Points are awarded for activators (those who ascend to the summits) and chasers (who either operate from home, a local hilltop or are even Activators on other summits).

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KARC's SOTA Coordinator: Ron Burns, NR3E (


Scheduled SOTA Activations

DateSummit Name
(click for info)
ReferenceApprox DriveRoad Condition4x4 NeededPointsHiking Notes
High KnobW4V/GC-00160 mi, 1 hr 15 minPavedNo10+3Drive up
2-18-2023Summit 3940W4T/RV-00250 miles, 1 hr 20 minGood gravelNo8+30.7 mi, 102 ft EG
Grindstone KnobW4T/SU-03847 mi, 1 hrPavedNo8+30.4 miles along the AT with 350 foot elevation gain
Holston High PointW4T/RV-00145 mi, 1 hr 15 minGood gravelNo10Drive up
5-27-2023Walnut MountainW4T/SU-03377 mi, 2 hrsForest service gravel, can be diceyNot usually101.2 mi, 625 ft EG
6-17-2023Summit 4580W4T/SU-02265 mi, 1 hr 30 minGood gravelNo10Drive up
7-8-2023Roan High KnobW4T/SU-00540 mi, 1 hrPavedNo100.8 mi, 196 ft EG
8-26-2023Camp Creek BaldW4C/CM-02857 mi, 1 hr 30 minSome rough spots near the topNot usually8Drive up
9-16-2023Sugar Run MountainW4V/FC-003125 mi, 2 hr 20 minGood forest service roadNo100.5 mi, 360 ft EG
10-21-2023Elk KnobW4C/EM-00580 mi, 1 hr 35 minPavedNo101.9 mi, 985 ft EG
11-18-2023Barnett KnobW4C/WM-055130 mi, 2 hr 20 minPavedNo80.6 mi, 360 ft EG

SOTA Activations Report 2023

DateSummit ActivatorsTotal ContactsCWPhoneDXTrip Report
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1-7-2023W4G/GC-001513788499High Knob
2-18-2023W4T/RV-00268237455Summit 3940
3-4-2023W4T/SU-0386 + Nora10569261Grindstone Knob
4Holston High Point
510083173Walnut and Bluff Mountains
6-17-2023W4T/SU-022710493114Summit 4580
7-8-2023W4T/SU-00549180112Roan High Knob
8-26-2023W4C/CM-028810641381Camp Creek Bald
9-16-2023W4V/FC-00358264183Sugar Run Mountain

SOTA Activations Report 2022

DateSummit NameReferenceActivatorsTotal ContactsDX ContactsTrip Report
(click for report)
2-5-2022Whiterock RidgeW4T/SU-0625331(No report)
4-23-20223940W4T/RV-0024262Summit 3940
5-21-2022Round MountainW4T/SU-0293341Round Mountain
Roan High KnobW4T/SU-0054392Roan High Knob
7-16-2022High KnobW4V/GC-0016601High Knob
8-13-2022Mount MitchellW4C/CM-0017381Mount Mitchell
9-3-2022Pinnacle MountainW4T/SU-05871043Pinnacle Mountain
10-8-2022Black MountainW4K/EC-0017522Black Mountain
11-12-2022Paint MountainW4T/SU-0955311Paint Mountain
12-17-2022High RockW4T/SU-0245861High Rock