Summits on the Air is an award scheme for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. It involves climbing to the designated peak, setting up amateur radio station and making contacts to other amateur radio stations.
For peak to be included in SOTA there is requirement to have topographic prominence of 150 meters (prominence height requirement may differ in some countries). There is a list of predefined peaks that fulfill requirement at https://www.sotamaps.org/ and each peak has its own assigned reference identification.
SOTA peaks are also grouped in six bands based on height. Each bands counts as number of points.
- natural=peak (mandatory)
- name=* - name of the peak
- ele=* - elevation / altitude in meters above sea level
- communication:amateur_radio:sota=* SOTA reference number assigned for the peak
- communication:amateur_radio:sota:points=* Value of the SOTA peak in points