Are we running out of activators? Are we running out of chasers? Is SOTA an “ex-parrot”? No, we are in the summer “lull” noted every year around this time. Activity boosts again in December, and again massively in January, and usually to a new record level.
However, the apparent summer lull is exacerbated by the natural progression of experienced activators into further areas of amateur radio. Be it CW, microwaves, PSK31 or even HF SSB, diversification is the name of the game. After all, the purpose of the licence is for “Self-training in wireless telegraphy”. However, this can leave an apparent void in those areas from where we started, such as 2m FM, especially in the depths of the annual summer lull.
So to supplement and back-up the great and innovative work of the existing activators, it is desirable to encourage newcomers to SOTA, who will naturally commence their activating careers on things like 2m FM and 2m SSB.
In order to stimulate some new entrants to SOTA, and fill the perceived “voice void”, Jimmy and I are currently engaged in a programme of delivering talks to clubs around the North West. Tonight, we did a 90 minute talk and presentation at Oldham ARC, which was well received by an audience of around 20, several of whom stated they would give SOTA a go.
We are now taking bookings for any more clubs in the area that wish to receive a talk and presentation. This includes a Powerpoint presentation, videos and audio, practical demonstrations, displays of walking and radio equipment, and a question-and-answer session.
So if you think we can promote SOTA at YOUR amateur radio club, please get in touch and let’s see what we can do.
Tom M1EYP & Jimmy M3EYP