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Home Racing on the Air FAQ, Rules, and Tips


Ham Radio Nerd
Apr 14, 2002
Racing on the Air is intended to be a fun way to operate ham radio at any type of racing event. Any type of formal racing event may be activated by any licensed ham, anywhere in the world. This is a fun, informal activity meant to promote ham radio and give new opportunities to make contacts at interesting events.

Here are the basics you need to know to participate:
  • Any type of organized racing event is eligible for activation. This includes auto racing events such as NASCAR, F1, Le Mans, IndyCar, NHRA. Horse Racing events, bicycle racing such as the Tour de France or Baker to Vegas qualify. Marathons, boat and airplane races are all included. Off road racing such as the King of the Hammers and Baja 1000 are included. Even your local Saturday night NASCAR track can be activated. Basically, if it's some type of formally organized racing event, you can activate it.
  • To notify others of your activation, make a new post in this forum section letting people know which event you intend to activate. Give some indicators of the dates, time, bands, and modes you intend to operate to help others find you.
  • You are free to edit your announcement if you need to update date, time, frequencies, modes, etc.
  • When calling, please use "CQ Racing on the Air" or "CQ ROTA" as the activity becomes more well known.
  • After the event, edit your original post and append your log of contacts. You can do this by attaching an ADIF file, a text file, or just posting the list of stations.
  • If your club already activates a race (such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), do what you already do and we would appreciate you making a post here and uploading the event log.
  • If you want to be notified of activations, be sure to subscribe to this forum section to receive emails.
  • Follow all local laws and rules related to Amateur Radio.
  • Be a courteous operator.
There aren't any awards for participating; this is for fun and bragging rights. We also want to see photos of the event, your station, and the racing, so please post them for us to see!

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