DA20XOTA - 20 Jahre Outdoor-Funk in den Deutschen Alpen

The callsign DA20XOTA means Deutsche Alpen 20 (Jahre/Years) X-any On The Air and is related exclusively to outdoor portable amateur radio activities of all kinds in the German Alps from January 1st to December 31st, 2024.

It may include such activities as:

  • SOTA (Summits On The Air)
  • GMA (Global Mountain Award)
  • WWFF (Worldwide Flora Fauna)
  • POTA (Parks On The Air)
  • COTA (Castles On The Air)
  • BBT (Bayerischer Bergtag / Bavarian Mountain Day)
  • Contests and Field Days

but not limited to.

Probably, the first sport amateur radio activities in the German Alps were associated with the BBT (Bayerischer Bergtag / Bavarian Mountain Day) in the 195x and with occasional VHF/UHF & microwave contesting. The new era of alpine amateur radio activities began with the launching of the German alpine SOTA association (SOTA-DL Deutsche Alpen) in 2004. Over the next 20 years, other amateur radio award schemes and programs followed in the alpine regions, e.g. GMA, WWFF and the newest one called POTA. Today, anyone can participate in one of the outdoor amateur radio award programs depending on their sporting ambitions, physical fitness, interests and preferences. There are thousands of references in the German alpine regions waiting to be activated and brought on the air. Please join us in celebrating 20 years of outdoor amateur radio activities in the German Alps! Just pick-up a couple of X-any references and get your 20 Jahre Deutsche Alpen Explorer Award for free.

The alpine regions are considered ones of the most picturesque in Germany. The German Alps offer a lot of opportunities to enjoy portable radio operation around the clock. Whether you choose to be active and go sport climbing for SOTA or family hiking for GMA, biking up and down the challenging mountain roads to explore new WWFF nature parks, or simply admire the majestic views while strolling through the quiet town streets towards an old castle or ancient fortress for COTA, like us, you will definitely fall in love with the Alps! Explore German Alps, as an activator or as a chaser or as both!

More information and details at https://sota-dl-alpen.de

Dzianis, DD1LD on behalf of German alpine activators


Hello Dzianis @DD1LD. Thank you for the information about the planning and the project with DA20XOTA. Is the activation of DA20XOTA only possible for SOTA-DL members or can others also use the callsign after consultation? In any case, we will keep an eye on SOTAWATCH regarding DA20XOTA and I am looking forward to one or the other QSO.

73 Marcel DM3FAM


Hi Marcel,

Like everyone else, you are welcome to operate under DA20XOTA. There is no SOTA-DL or any other membership required.

The callsign DA20XOTA is used exclusively for portable and outdoor radio operations and only in the German alpine regions, so we dont’t use /P. The rough boundary is given by the A96-A99-A94 highways and state borders. To reserve a time slot, please contact Mario, DJ2MX directly.

There is a sort of outdoor XOTA cluster, where you can easily track all the DA20XOTA activities.

Portable Activity Cluster (dk7jl.de)

There’s nothing like a morning walk along a long alpine ridge and activating all the peaks along the way. Only some of them still have a SOTA reference, but almost all of them are valid for GMA. Enjoy it and have fun!

73 de Dzianis, DD1LD


Hello Dzianis @DD1LD. Thanks for the feedback and the information. I have already been in contact with Mario @DJ2MX. Maybe an activation with the callsign will work out next year.


73 Marcel DM3FAM

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DA20XOTA QSL cards will be soon available :slightly_smiling_face:

More information and details at:

73 and see you in the PileUp
Mario DJ2MX


Pretty QSL card! Many more activations and of course lots of fun with DA20XOTA. I don’t have a QSO with DA20XOTA yet, but the year still has a few days left :slight_smile:

73 Marcel DM3FAM

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This was fun in January!

Under the call DA20XOTA we activated 30 references in the German Alps: 17x SOTA, 4x GMA, 7x WWFF/POTA, 2x COTA.
2062 QSOs were logged by 8 operators.
11 awards were issued.
1x was GoGreen.

GoGreen XOTA - Awards - SOTA Reflector

Thanks to all the chasers!
Dzianis, DD1LD on behalf of German alpine activators


Two months have passed. The fun continues! Dear chasers, without you we wouldn’t have had so much fun! Thank you very much! :pray: :heart:

Some DA20XOTA stats from Sunday March 3rd:

  • 73 references have been activated: 48x SOTA, 14x WWFF/POTA, 7x GMA, 4x COTA
  • 4.357 QSOs have been logged by 10 operators
  • 29 awards have been issued
  • 5 references have been activated GoGreen
  • over 11.100 lookups at QRZ.com

Big tnx agn to all the chasers!
Dzianis, DD1LD on behalf of German alpine activators :mountain_snow: