In reply to EI2CL:
Thanks for posting this Mike. Hearty congratulations from G4YSS to Pete, EI7CC on his spectacular achievement from the Emerald Isle.
Yes, CW does seem to lend itself to SOTA QRP but it’s not so important with QRO activations.
Some nostalgia in the later posts! It probably didn’t even occur to 90% of activators in 2002 to use anything other than VHF; usually 2m VHFM. However, from a personal viewpoint, after struggling into rare & remote mountain, low-ground & Island WAB areas with a 40 pound pack since 1987, SOTA came as an answer to my prayers. Couldn’t wait to swap perspiration and ‘bendy-wireless’ for a life made easy with the simple & beautiful logic…chuck the HF pack, of which I was by then heartily sick & use the built-in terrain advantage. A further plus for VHF is as part of proof of location. I went back to HF but only after a 2-year break.
Years ago though there were other SOTA chasers in Eire. Charlie EI7IP, Joe EI7GY, Tony EI9JK but mainly Thos EI2JD, all worked on 2m FM but nowadays without VHF, I only seem to work Pete & you.
An activation is never ‘complete’ until the two ‘reliables’ EI7CC & EI2CL are safely in the log! Keep calling in; it’s always a pleasure to hear either of you sending with your ‘tuneful’ keying.
73, John (G4YSS).