I’m in the midst of packing my backpack for my first official SOTA activation tomorrow from Stiperstones (to tie in with the 5 ½ mile circular walk from the car-park). I’ve been enjoying hill walking and mountains for some years and taking the 2m handheld for casual QSOs but as yet have done any SOTA activations.
The plan is to take the Elecraft KX3 on 40m cw with a 10m portable SB mast. Antenna being a 40m or 30m inverted V / end fed wire type antenna (I’ve two cuts of wire for 40m and 30m with the plan being to use the one which isn’t radiating as the counterpoise).
I’ll also throw in Icom ID-51 as a backup if all else fails and I can hopefully do VHF.
All being well I’ll find somewhere quite(ish) to setup and then spot via the Sota Spotter App. Calling CQ SOTA CQ SOTA DE M0SER etc…
In terms of a log am I correct in thinking I just need to make note of the hill identifier (G/WB-003) each contacts call-sign, RST, time and frequency?
Is there anything else I need to consider on the radio front? (I’m confident I’ll have the kit on the mountain/hill walking side of things)
It’s super exciting but somewhat apprehensive as it’s a few hours each way from Leamington Spa and I don’t want to mess it up!
Any additional advice would be most welcome.
With vy 73 de Carl