On January 6, 2023, ARRL News Reported…
ARRL’s year long operating event, Volunteers On the Air, or VOTA, began January 1, 2023. The event is organized as part of ARRL’s 2023 theme, “Year of the Volunteers,” which recognizes the contributions of ARRL member volunteers, and offers opportunities to become more active and involved in amateur radio and ARRL.
VOTA encourages participants to make contacts with ARRL members and volunteers, earning points for each contact. Point values have been assigned (see the Points Table at vota.arrl.org). All scoring is automatically calculated through ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW, www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world). If you are already an LoTW user, continue to upload your QSOs there to participate. If you’re a new LoTW user, visit Getting Started with LoTW.
As part of the event, there will be week-long activations by W1AW portable stations operating in all US states and territories. W1AW/# portable operations are worth 5 points for each contact, and they can be contacted on all bands and modes. There’s also an opportunity to earn the W1AW Worked All States Award. There will be two week-long W1AW operations from each of the 50 states.
Later in the event, an on-line scoreboard, the VOTA Leaderboard, will be activated, allowing each participant to see how their score measures up with other participants throughout the year.
Only two-way contacts qualify for points (cross-band, cross-mode, and repeater contacts are not valid), using any mode (CW, phone, or digital) - including EME and satellite operations - on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2, and 1.25 meters, as well as 70 centimeters, VHF/UHF/SHF, and microwave bands available to US amateurs above 2 meters (2190-, 630-, 60-, 30-, 17-, and 12-meter band contacts are not counted for credit in this event).
“ARRL Volunteers On the Air Event is Underway”, ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio, accessed January 8 2023, http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-volunteers-on-the-air-event-is-underway. ↩︎