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Do check ins to nets count when activating?


#1

Can you use a net check in for your required contacts when activating?


#2

Yes


#3

Thank you


#4

Are you aware that you can not use a repeater to make a SOTA contact? Other than that, any simplex contact (within your license privileges) with operators OUTSIDE of the Activation Zone is a good contact. Did they offer a signal report, or did you have to ask for it?

note: You can use a balloon repeater contact. The logic escapes me, but it is allowed. The Rules for Activators does a good job of answering most questions.

Glenn AB3TQ


#5

Over the past two years in particular, several activators have combined WAB and the WAB Trigpoints Award in their SOTA activations. Often this has meant a check-in to the daily WAB net, and quickly running through (say) 5 to 15 contacts.

Many years ago I recall calling into the Royal Signals net on 40m when trying to secure that elusive 4th contact! A contact is a contact - providing it is simplex.

Many nets take place on terrestrial repeaters. As mentioned, this would not be valid for SOTA.


#6

Yes, with the proviso that you exchange callsigns and reports directly with each individual station that you are claiming as a contact.
Obviously it is not sufficient just to check in to a net, then claim that you have worked every station in the net.

73,
Walt (G3NYY)


#7

Hey Glen I was aware of the rules 4 repeaters, I just wasn’t sure if checking in the nets was in the spirit of sota or not. I believe he did offer a signal report, and he was in Washington state, but I didn’t write down his call sign. I haven’t been very good about logging until I started doing SOTA. I hadn’t planned on using net check ins so I didn’t bother logging it. It’s not really a big deal though because I still got my required contacts.


#8

Shoot, now how am I going to get to 1000 points! hihi


#9

Persistence. And enjoying the journey. Doubtful I will ever get there, but that was never a goal. I am only where I am now because SOTA friends kept inviting me to travel in the direction of some higher point activations.

So get some SOTA friends. You never know.

Glenn AB3TQ


#10

Hmm yes.

My immediate thought when I first learned about SOTA was that I would do my local 2 or 3 hills once a year every year to join in a bit (token participation) and have a bit of fun…


#11

that was my initial thoughts as well, but somehow I doubt I’m going to quit there.