Dear all, let me inform you that after checking the SOTA database today, I’ve found that on April 21st, the day of the last Trans-Atlantic S2S event, 2 SOTA activations were carried out from Central and South American countries and I have the feel that we didn’t know about them.
Allan, TI/K3ALL activated the 8 pointer summit of Cerro Barbacoas (TI/SJ-037) managing to log 4 QSOs on 40m SSB, all of them with chasers in Costa Rica (TI).
Fabio PY2RMZ and Billy-Heinz PY2LCD activated the 8 pointer summit of Pedra Grande (PY2/SE-002) managing Fabio to log 20 QSOs on 10m SSB with chasers from Argentina, Brazil, USA, Chile and Bolivia. Billy-Heinz logged just 2 QSOs with Brazilian chasers on 20m-SSB.
No S2S in any of these activations, but it’s a good start though.
It’s also worth highlighting a pioneer SOTA activation, already mentionned in the SOTA news May 2018, as it was the 1st in the XE2 association of Aguascalientes, Mexico, carried out by José XE2N from the summit XE2/AG-008. Just 1 QSO on 2m FM was logged with the chaser XE2AT.
Other SOTA activations took place in PY2 in April, like the one carried out by João Carlos PY2GTA/P from the 6 pointer summit PY2/SE-012, which was the 1st SOTA activation from Brazil, in which he logged a total of 17 QSOs on the bands/modes of 15 & 20m-DATA, 40 & 20m-SSB and 2m-FM, and also another activation carried out by PY2LCD from the summit PY2/SE-011, in which he didn’t log the minimum 4 QSOs required to claim the corresponding activator points :-(. In the first one, he logged 3 QSOs with Spain, Germany and USA on 15m-SSB.
We start to see some activators and chasers from the Iberian-American countries and it’s a joy that the interest and participation in SOTA are little by little growing.
We would love seeing in the SOTA Reflector the activation reports with the activators experiences and anecdotes, as well as the pictures of those summits and the landscapes that can be enjoyed from there and the portable stations that the activators set up to carry them out.