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What's P2P all about?

ZL4NVW updated in ZLOTA - FAQ on 2021-07-20

P2P is a tally of your /P portable to portable contacts. It is similar to Park 2 Park or Summit 2 Summit contacts in POTA or SOTA, except that it includes all classes of location.

For a contact to qualify:
  • One operator must be at a Park, Hut, Island or Lake that is part of the NZ OnTheAir (ZLOTA) scheme. 
  • The other operator must also be portable and must be at a location recognised by either ZLOTA or any of the main international activities (POTA, SOTA or WWFF).
  • If either operator is activating multiple classes of place (e.g. park and lake - to - park), then you get one contact point for each class of place that is logged (2 points in this example)
  • If both operators are activating multiple classes of place (e.g. park and lake - to - park and summit) then you get one contact point for each combination of classes that is logged (4 points in this example)

Where did QRP.NZ go?

ZL4NVW updated in ZLOTA - FAQ on 2021-07-12

On 19th June 2021 I received an email from the NZ QRPers group coordinator expressing opposition to the qrp,nz website. This was the third such email, and stated that that the commissioning the qrp.nz site had been a mistake on their part, and that the site was not what they envisaged. Specifically the group coordinator objected to my involvement with ontheair.nz - a separate site targeted at the broader group of operators interested in portable operation - as the reason they no longer supported a qrp.nz website hosted by me.  

Having already made two attempts to find a way forward that was acceptable to the group coordinator, I was left with no choice but to take the site down.  This was done with some sadness as a lot of my hours had gone into its development, and I have made many good contacts with other amateurs through the group.  It was something I finally agreed to with regret.  For transparency, copies of all correspondence on this matter are available upon request.

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I strongly believe that amateur radio can only benefit if the many sub-facets and interest groups among us communicate, co-operate and collaborate, each respecting and supporting each other's areas of interest whilst pursuing our own.  On The Air is about bringing together many of those groups  - QRP operators, SOTA activators, chasers/hunters, RV and vehicle-based operators, and giving them a place in which to co-ordinate and log contacts. And a bit of fun and competition.  

I hope that this site can be seen in that light.

Matt - ZL4NVW - admin@ontheair.nz

Why don't you accept callsign modifier suffixes (e.g. /P) & prefixes (e.g. VK2/) in callsigns?

ZL4NVW posted in ZLOTA - FAQ on 2021-06-21

When entering logs or registering accounts, please use the base callsign for each party to the contact.  This allows us to associate all contacts and logs with the correct user. 

So VK3/VK2IB/P should be entered as VK2IB, with a check in the 'Portable' check box. The 'select place' menu or details field are used to record the location the station is operating from.

If you enter a callsign with a modifier prefix or suffix in your logs (or upload one from your logging program) then we will make a best-effort attempt to determine what part of the information entered is the callsign and will discard the prefix and suffix. This should work ok unless the prefix / suffix is longer than the callsign - at which point we will probably get it wrong!



Q: How do the scores work

ZL4NVW posted in ZLOTA - FAQ on 2021-06-15

Q: How do the scores work

A: Activator and chaser scores work as-per POTA (and similarly to SOTA)

Activators: You gain points for activating a given place once per calendar year (UTC).  If you return to the same place within the calendar year, then chasers will get points for the additional contacts, but you will not.

Chasers: You gain points for chasing a given place once per calendar day (UTC).  If you chase two people on the same location in the same day then they both get activator points, but you will receive only one chaser point.

Bagging:  Your 'bagged' points is the count of the total unique locations you have activated and chased.  Revisits do not count to this score.

Q: Do Chasers need to submit logs if they chase a lake, hut, park, etc

ZL4NVW updated in ZLOTA - FAQ on 2021-06-09

Q: Do Chasers need to submit logs if they chase a lake, hut, park, etc

A: No. Only the activator needs to submit a log.  Both parties will receive their points for the contact. However, if you are concerned that the activator has not submitted a log for your contact, you can add a log as a chaser.  

Chaser logs are submitted in the same way as activator logs.  Your details go in the top part of the log form, with the stations you have chased one-per-row in the bottom half.  You can only include one calendar day of contacts per log 

Q: How do I receive emails of spots and alerts?

ZL4NVW updated in ZLOTA - FAQ on 2021-06-09

Q: How do I receive emails of spots and alerts?

A: You need to be a registered user to receive emails and have supplied your valid email address.  Once you have registered, view your profile under your callsign at the top of the screen.  You can Add or Disable emails for the Alerts and Spots topics from your profile page.

Only spots and alerts created here at OnTheAir will be emailed to you.  Spots/alerts received from ParksNPeaks, SOTA and POTA are displayed on the site, but not sent out by email.

Q: How do I submit a log if I activate / chase a lake and a park in the same contact?

ZL4NVW posted in ZLOTA - FAQ on 2021-06-09

Q: How do I submit a log if I activate / chase a lake and a park in the same contact?

A: Two choices:
  • You can add as many places to a single contact as you have activated / chased.  Select the hut, park, island, lake for either party using the 'Add Place' dropdowns on the log form. If you select multiple places then they will appear as a list next to the contact.  The contact will be registered against each place and counted in each category.
  • Alternatively you can submit a separate log for each place you activated (as an activator) or a separate contact for each place you chased (as a chaser).  This is the default behaviour for most logging programs so if you upload you logs from your logging program, then this format will probably be used.

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