I always thought POTA was an operation from a pub?
Brilliant! My favourite passage of the blog:
So – people of the DM association, take heart, those English MT folks
will have no summits to activate on their mainland! Of course, neither
will you nor for that matter will any VKs – but this is a minor point in
the grand scheme of things.
I like VOTA so much, I would agree to take over the role as VOTA DM association manager.
Does the SOTA MT mind this? As the number of volcanoes in DM is somewhat limited I expect this will consume only little time. Therefore I do not think this interferes with my work as SOTA DM association manager at all. In addition this would be a good training for managing SOTA DM with P150.
73 de Michael, DB7MM, SOTA DM association manager
How about NOTA? Activating via an internet connection to a remote station, so you are ‘not there’ ?
I think that the Scouts have reserved this under the Jamboree On The Air (as well as IOTA - Internet on the the air) banner.
it certainly can be!
But us lot “Up North” would have loads - well, extinct ones!
Yes, JOTA is Jamboree on the Air and JOTI is Jamboree on the Internet.
SOTA and Scouting seems like a natural combination. I’ve been working on it, but haven’t gotten any traction yet.
Yes, JOTI is what I was thinking of.
JOTA seems, from what I remember, to be undertaken from Scout huts rather than on top of hills.
The Guides have TDOTA (Thinking Day On The Air) as well, of course.
A couple of VK hams have managed to introduce JOTA with their kids’ groups (VK3ZPF/VK3BQ/VK3HRA off the top of my head). My kids aren’t old enough yet for that.
I’m also running a Foundation license course for our local Air Force Cadet squadron in the next school term - there will be a lot of focus on portable, SOTA operations during the practicals
Its a few decades since I looked at the geology of Germany in any detail, but I seem to remember that there are a few in the Rhine graben that would count if we made it E10,000, and the same for central France. There are half a dozen or so tertiary volcanoes in Scotland and a couple in GI but they are all in SOTA anyway!
I’ve already done 2 SOTA Volcanos: Arthur’s Seat and North Berwick Law. Both safely extinct.
Many DM SOTA summits are volcanoes in HE, RP, SR, NW, Ns, even my “Hausberg” DM/NS-108 is of volcanic origin.
The big Tertiary ones: Skye, Rum, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Arran - and St Kilda. The older supervolcanoes are Ben Nevis and Glencoe. Lots of the “laws” of southern Scotland are the cores of smaller volcanoes similar to Arthur’s seat, but it is likely that many of the larger granites of Scotland were capped by great volcanoes that are long eroded away. Criffel shows signs of that, for a start. You can hardly stir out of doors in Scotland without tripping over the remains of volcanism!
Thanks to all for taking this post in the spirit intended. I was a little tentative tying in a contentious issue into an April Fools’ Joke, but in the end decided the segue was just too perfect to pass up. I’m pleased the issues for the most part stayed clear of this thread too.
Thankfully there were only a few people slow on the uptake (in other forums this was cross posted and privately to me), although my poor blog didn’t know what hit it - about 15% of last year’s traffic in one day:
Success though will be seeing alerts on SOTAWatch that include VOTA references
The SOTA community is a resilient bunch, and hopefully this reminds us all we’re here for fun. I already have ideas for next year - something that should be much more inclusive for the VKs who are unfortunately vulcanologically challenged. I throw down the gauntlet to others too for next year - there are already great suggestions on this thread, and the fun doesn’t have to be limited to the summit.
Good One Andrew,
I was musing over how to start an eruption as within 400 km SW of here there some E10000 peaks that might only need a little encouragement to start steaming again. Maybe hold a P100/P150 conference in the crater?
I look forward to next year.
If you follow strict political boundaries then Australia is indeed vulcanologically challenged (try saying that after six pints!) but to the geologist P29 (PNG) is part of the same continent…
It has been tried:
Thanks for the VOTA thread, Andrew,
thanks for the chuckle and I admire the effort you put into this project.
BTW Mt Ainslie is regarded as a (long) extinct volano so you have already activated for VOTA yourself.
There are several VK SOTA summits that are old inactive volcanoes, eg Mt Warning VK2/NR-001, Mt Canobolas VK2/CT-001, Mt Kaputar VK2/NW-001, Mt Macedon VK3/VC-007. We are a probably a few million years too late to see much activity though…
None quite qualify under E1000
Big Ben on Heard Island would double as a SOTA / VOTA / IOTA and DXpedition site.