SOTA Operating Frequencies

There are no fixed operating frequencies in the VK Band Plan for SOTA activators and there doesn’t need to be.  My preferred SOTA operating frequencies are shown in the table below, note this is my preference as such it is a guide only.  Actual activation frequencies may vary due to other traffic and conditions on the day.  You will notice I haven’t listed CW or digital mode frequencies.  Why? I am not proficient in CW transmission.

Are you interested in becoming an enthusiastic SOTA chaser and you are wondering where activators are operating from and on which band?  The primary live source of information is SOTAWatch all times are in UTC. Check SOTAWatch ‘Spots’ for real-time information on activations from 109 participating associations all over the world.   Too see future planned activations select the Alerts menu.

My preferred operating frequencies, personal choice only:

BandModePreferred Frequency (MHz)Alternate Frequency  (MHz)
20mSSB14.31014.315, 14.320, 14.325
40mSSB7.0907.080, 7.085*, 7.095, 7.100 else spin the VFO for a clear frequency

*For VK activators.  If you are activating on a Saturday afternoon, please lookout for the VK Navy net on 7.085 MHz.  In late 2013 the Navy net voluntarily moved from their regular Saturday afternoon operating frequency 7.090 MHz to 7.085 MHz to accommodate enthusiastic SOTA activators.  We all know the rules and while no single operator or group ‘owns’ a frequency, it’s worth remembering there are regular nets on 40m.  🙂

WARC frequencies.  From time to time you may find ‘Full Call’ VK and ZL activators operating 12, 17 and 30m.


Have fun chasing SOTA , be careful SOTA is addictive   🙂

First published: 14 December 2014
Last Update: 28 October 2021 – now have 23cm 1296 MHz capability.


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