Q. What is the GOTA station?
A. It is an opportunity for Novice, Technician, Technician
Plus licensees, other generally inactive licensees, and non-licensed
persons to experience first-hand the fun of amateur radio by allowing
them to GET ON THE AIR.
Q. How many GOTA stations may a club have on the air?
A. Only one GOTA station may be used by a club at any
Q. What are the bands for the GOTA station?
A. The GOTA station may operate on any amateur HF band
on which Field Day operation is permitted.
Q. What modes and frequencies may the GOTA station use?
A. The modes and frequencies are determined by the license
class of the control operator of the GOTA station. There must be a control
operator permitted to use the frequencies and modes desired in direct
control of the GOTA station any time it is transmitting.
Q. What callsign does the GOTA station use?
A. The GOTA station uses a callsign different from the
call being used by the group’s main Field Day operation. The GOTA
station also uses a single callsign for the duration of Field Day. Remember
that you must have permission of the holder of the callsign in order
to use it for the GOTA station. Also remember the rules of station ID.
A two-by-three call issued to a Technician licensee may be used, but
if the call is being used outside of the privileges of the licensee,
it must also include the callsign of the control operator (WA4QQN/N1ND
Q. What exchange does the GOTA station give?
A. GOTA stations use the same exchange as its “parent”
station. This is "Two Alpha Mike Ocean" in our case.
Q. Who may the GOTA station contact?
A. The GOTA station may contact any other amateur radio
station, with a couple of exceptions. The GOTA station may not work
its “parent” Field Day station. It may not contact any station
operated by a person who was involved with their group’s Field
Day operation. Remember that if a DX station is involved, the FCC rules
involving Third Party participation apply.
Q. What is considered a generally inactive licensee?
A. The GOTA station is not for everyone. The generally
inactive licensee provisions pertain to someone who holds a General
or higher class license but has been inactive. The intent and the spirit
of this station is to provide an opportunity for persons to gain valuable
on-the-air experience. This is not a station that a club “ringer”
operates in order to rack up points. The list of operators of this station
must be submitted with the Field Day entry. A couple of guidelines to
keep in mind when allowing persons to operate the GOTA station:
- Any licensee who has never made HF contacts would be considered
- Someone who has made no QSOs in the last two years would be considered
- A person who operated the GOTA station as a generally inactive
licensee last year would not be eligible to operate the GOTA station
in the following Field Day.
In order to claim the GOTA bonus, the club/group must
provide a list of operators and the number of QSOs each operator makes
at the GOTA station. Clubs should use their judgment in determining
the operators of the GOTA station.
Q. May someone operate both the GOTA and the main Field
A. It is permissible for someone to operate both GOTA
and the main stations. However, remember that to use the GOTA station,
you must meet the requirements of license class, be generally inactive,
or a non-licensed person. It is not permissible for a seasoned operator
to operate the GOTA station.
Q. May a non-licensed person operate the GOTA station?
A. A non-licensed person may participate in the GOTA station
by speaking into the microphone, sending CW, or making digital contacts
but may do so only under the direct supervision of a properly licensed
Q. I am an active Novice licensee. May I operate the
A. Yes. The GOTA station may be operated by any Novice
or Technician licensee, under the terms of their license privileges,
or under the supervision of a control operator.