Indeed Sean. You will remember my triumphant roar on Gun after working Greenland for the first time - in the CQWW CW IIRC.
There are several ways to activate on contest weekends:
If you have enough power, you could attempt to hold your own QRG and work all the callers.
You could be a S+P caller in the contest.
With 1 or 2, you will make lots of contacts, but SOTA chasers will have little chance to work you. With 1 or 2, it is important to do your homework on the required exchange in the contest.
- You could activate on 30m or 17m (for instance) as they will be clear of contest traffic. This is probably what I will do tomorrow.
I enter many VHF activity or backpackers type contests each year, and nearly always on a SOTA summit with valid activation wkg condx. As Sean says, we have been out S+P’ing in the CQWW contests from a SOTA summit.
SOTA activating in a contest is a bit different, as you focus on working the DX available rather than working the chasers. But it is great fun, and you can still work the chasers on the WARC bands as well if you desire.