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SOTA NEWS AUG 2015 Part 2


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SOTA NEWS - AUGUST 2015 - Part 2 of 2

NORTH AMERICAN SOTA NEWS – From ELLIOTT K6EL, through 29 JULY 2015

Greetings from the land of big hills and little radios, on behalf of Skip K6DGW. He is in the process of moving from his four-acre antenna farm to an antenna-restricted condominium near Reno, Nevada, so I’ll cover for him now and next month. At best, he can put up antennas similar to the configuration depicted on the QRZ.com page of NG6R.

The goats just keep on coming in NaSota: In July, Doc, K7SO did 56 points in six climbing days to finish Mountain Goat. Mike, W6AH did 100 points in eight days to do the same. Rich, N4EX, reached goat on June 17th after doing his climbs “spare time” over a span of 38 months whilst pursuing his main reason for living – chasing every Sota signal ever emitted, plus some by ESP. He had no help from bonus points, of which he has zero. Compare that with N1CAI, who has the rarest of all activation logs – more bonus points, six, than regular points, four. The N4EX ratio of chaser points to activator points is 66 to one, and his first few years chasing are reported to be QRP.

We now have 30 goats in North America, including VA2VL in Canada. Who’s next? It’s a horse race, between Randy K5RHD and the Ukrainian Dynamo, KD7WPJ. Both are close, and both have been piling on points in July.

On the chaser side, Dave AE9Q reached trophy level from Alabama. Phil NS7P reached the super 5 – 50,000 chaser points, at the same time as he announced a chronic medical condition that will limit his activations in future. That number of points from the West coast is a startling thing, as I should know. Dan AE9F reached Super Sloth using QRP only, from deep in a canyon just South of K6EL’s hilltop, and he used a tiny chimney-strapped antenna plus a sloper plus an 817. They say life’s too short for QRP – maybe it’s time to re-think that.

A year ago, someone on the MT said we in NaSota took to Sota like ducks to water. Now the lake is full of ducks. In just the last few months we have been buried by several dozen calls no one ever heard before, and they are serious, well equipped climbers. There isn’t room to recognize all of them, but I can focus on a portion of the newer YL’s: Paula N6VGW, Erin KE0DCV, Barb AE7AQ, Jennie K7GEN, Mary N1RKO, Marcia KB1WEP, and Karen W4KRN (a big time CW operator).

If you see great photos of N0BCB on summits, those were done by Erin KE0DCV, who is a professional portrait and wedding photographer. If Barb’s call sounds familiar, she is co-author of the best Sota promotion ever to appear in QST magazine. See page 64-68 of the August 2015 issue.

Welcome to the Summit Sisters, ladies. That group is getting noticeably larger. Not as big as Mikes on Hikes, though. With all the newbies, I swear there must be 20 Mikes. It’s an American thing.

Did anyone hear the JA activations? Good luck. Outside Japan, only two stations are in the logs – VK5CZ on 15 SSB from several peaks, and Matt KA1R on 17. KA1R formerly taught at MIT, where he did his PhD work, and he says he used a KW and a SteppIR 2E remotely in Oregon, working JS1UEH on 17 meters July 19th, the second of the earliest JA activations. He is not in the Sota program. He gave a 449 report with very poor band conditions under rapid QSB, and the JA came out of the noise for only 1 or 2 seconds at a time. That JA indicated he would climb again July 26th, but all signs are that he cancelled. It’s been unusually hot and humid in Japan, and people have been flown off mountains by pilots in the same business as Prince William – at great expense. In addition to the two inaugural climbs by JS1UEH, the first being Mt. Fuji, a climb was done by JI1TLL who logged all JA’s, including 5 near Sota summits but not in the AZ. A climb was later done by JG1XMV, with good signals to VK, according to VK5CV. The TLL and XMV activations are not yet logged as of this writing, but another climb has been alerted by JR1NNL for 0200 UTC on August 1st. All activity is in Honshu so far, and much of it is near Tokyo. Have you noticed that all climbers are local? The same with KP4, and the exact opposite of KH6.

Coming up are some exciting NaSota events. N6L will be on the air from and near Lassen National Park, California, August 7-12, with KH2TJ at the controls, including a half-dozen Sota peaks. See lassenbirthday.blogspot.com

The W7 summit to summit party is all day August 1-2. At the top of the hour, look for s2s stations on 7.033 and 7.195, and at the bottom of the hour look on 14.063 and 14.346. The call out is “s2s” or “QRZ s2s”. You do not have to be in W7-land to participate.

The ARRL UHF contest is from 1800 UTC August 1st to 1800 UTC on August 2nd, limited to 222MHz and up. There are at least four NaSota operators doing microwave, including K7ATN and K6EL. Look for us on 23 cm and 70 cm. The Hepburn Tropo Index likes 1200 to 1800 Saturday for E-skip possibilities. The contest exchange is your grid square, and self-spotting is allowed.

August 1-2 is also the 25th annual K0NR 14’er event, with climbs on some of the 54 Colorado summits that exceed 14,000 feet. Climbs will start well before sunrise, so that activators can start back down before lightning begins around 1800 UTC. Pikes Peak is the only drive-up, since Mt. Evans has ongoing road repair. Most activity will be Sunday morning, and an effort is underway to avoid having two operators on the same peak at the same time. KT5X says:

“In 2012, the Year of the Mountain Goat, the first five SOTA Goats met in the Arkansas River Canyon, and did a bunch of peaks together, peaks that are over 14,000 feet elevation. Each year since this has been the scene of an informal gathering of SOTA ops. I am aware of at least the following SOTA ops who will be present in the valley activating peaks including some Fourteeners this week. They are: W0CP+YL, NN5K+YL, WA2USA+YL, K1JD, NM5S, K7SO, N0BCB+YL, and KT5X (WS0TA). Also, in NM, AD5A and KC5CW will be activating peaks. Look for these operators from Thursday through Sunday. Pay attention to the peaks they are on. When you see that someone is on a Fourteener, (which is over 4,000 meters), you can go to < www.14ers.com > to find the peak by name on the left side of the page. Click on it. Then perhaps, click on “routes.” Then click on the #1 route as it was most probably used. Here you will find both trail descriptions and photographs all along the route. I am hoping this adds to your enjoyment of working stations that have been set up following often grueling treks at high altitude and frequently who start hiking well before dawn. Early start, and early exit from these high peaks is one’s best defense against lightning which almost always visits the peaks after noon during the summer months.”

Hold that date: September 12-13 is the annual NaSota Activity Weekend.

Tune in next month for discussion of the third anniversary and history of the KU6J RBNGate machine; W6EL – the much more famous ham; propagation – is there any; APRS stories; the ARRL Centennial Challenge surprise; the next KD5ZZK blockbuster trip; and the mystery surrounding NaSota 80 and 160 meter activations.

73,

Elliott, K6EL
Barely adequate temporary
CANADA/US SOTA Reporter Dude

(Many thanks for a magnificent first time report Elliott - Ed)

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SOTA NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA from Allen VK3HRA

With the poor start to the snow season, several activators who were intending to activate high-end Alpine summits (with seasonal bonuses up for grabs) ended up hiking instead of skiing, never the less still out.
Weather and band conditions turned towards the end of the month to bring the winter experience home.

Several VK operators incorporated family holidays with the SOTA activations and headed overseas. John VK6NU headed to Ireland picking up
5 Activations from 3 different summits (EI/IN-067 Knoacnarea, EI/IE-054 Mohercrom and EI/IS-050 Torc Mountain) in 3 Associations.
VK3CAT Tony headed to Canada to activated (Burnaby Mountain VE7/GV-009, Dufferin Hill VE7/TN-022, Whistler Peak VE6/EC-001 and Tunnel Mountain
VE6/HC-035) 4 summits across 4 associations and a couple of coffee shops.

In VK1 and VK2 in the last month the main activity has been by Phil VK2JDL, Gerard VK2IO, Andrew VK1NAM, Al VK1RX, Andrew VK1MBE, Ian VK1DI and Andrew VK1DA, some of it focussed around the 10m/6m challenge. By far the majority of qualifying contacts made have been on 10m. In June there was still some morning propagation into the US on 10m and some activators enjoyed some good openings. Al VK1RX built a portable 2 element yagi for 10m and used it on at least one summit. He also built a quad for 6m and used that on several summits.

The number of unique stations worked is low for VK operators as there are not very many local operators and they rely on openings to North America or Japan to build the numbers. With JA now live on SOTA it will be interesting to see how many JA operators become chasers and activators.

There was a contact with Warren ZL2AJ chasing on 40m. This is a notable contact as Warren will be the AM for ZL SOTA and demonstrates that 40M will soon be routinely used for international SOTA contacts. We are waiting for ZL inclusion with much anticipation.

The mid winter VHF/UHF field day in June sparked some activity on SOTA summits with VK2IO and VK1DA making several contacts on VHF/UHF bands.
Overall winter activity was at its typical low level.

Andrew VK1DA travelled northwards in late June and activated Mt Canobolas VK2/CT-001 and Mt Kaputar VK2/NW-001 en route to Brisbane.
There are plenty more summits yet to be activated in those areas.
Given the conditions the level of activity is surprising with several summits receiving high attention.

Mt Gawler VK5/SE-013 received the usual high attention with (Bert VK5BB, Allen VK5LAM, Nigel VK5NIG and Stuart VK5STU) all activating this summit. Its good to see Mt Gawler back on the list after the fires. We may need to install a booking process for this summit.

Whilst David VK3IL was walking up the track to The Hump (VK3/VE-019) he came across a man and his son walking down. They were carrying a squid pole. The Hump is not known for its fishing so David quickly asked the question had to asked as to whether they had had just done a SOTA activation, Yes it was Paul VK3HN. Both parties reported it was great to put a face to a call sign especially in the SOTA activators natural environment.

David VK3IL has taken advantage of the milder weather to activate several Alpine summits. David has published his exploits are available at http://vk3il.net/2015/07/ Worth a read.

During his activation of Bakers Downfall Hill, VK2/NW-006, Matt VK2DAG found a pair glasses. They were on the top of the summit on an ideal operating position. 4 days earlier Phil VK2JDL had activated the summit losing his glasses. It didn’t take long to determine the owner and to organise the return of the wayward glasses.

The weather was not to disappoint. The rain and wind returned towards the end of the month. The sensible cancelled activations but someone had to brave the elements to allow the sloths the pleasure of chasing from a warm environment. Ron VK3AFW and Allen VK3HRA completed a MTR to MTR contact on what has turned out to be one of the harshest days this winter. With the wind getting colder, the Bothy Bags were deployed and activations completed. It’s amazing the difference a simple shelter makes to warmth.

Allen
VK3HRA

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VK1 WINTER SOTA PARTY - Reminder from Andrew VK1NAM

The VK1 winter SOTA Party will be held on Sunday 2nd August from 9 am local (23:00 UTC) .

6 & 10m will be a major focus for chasers and S2S contacts.
Activators are keen to work US chasers on 10m.
Please lookout for VK spots from 2300 UTC 1 Aug 15.

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VHF AND UHF TOUR OF GI 6-20 June 2015 - by Viki M6BWA

We (M6BWA and M0JLA) crossed from Holyhead to Dublin on Friday, 5th June and drove up to Newcastle (Mourne Mountains) for 8 nights, with a further 7 nights near Ballycastle (sightseeing and Antrim Hills). The weather had been cold and wet the previous week with high winds and showers forecast for Saturday so we decided on a couple of low summits, which would also benefit my right knee which I had twisted on a Welsh summit only 10 days earlier. On each hill I was hoping to get 4 contacts on each of 2m and 70cm fm but would borrow the 40m rig if I couldn’t qualify the hill.

A drenching shower told us what to expect as we prepared to leave the car to go up Knochree (MM-014) and I used my bothy bag for the first time on the summit and discovered how deafening heavy rain is! After that day the weather in the Mourne Mountains was super (but deteriorated a bit on travelling North) and we were reluctant to have a sorely needed rest day. During this time we activated MM-001 to 007, and 010 to 014 and had plans for 008/9 on the trip South but there wasn’t time. The only hill I hadn’t made enough contacts was Gruggandoo (MM-013) when we had to leave after 20 minutes with 5 on 2m and only 2 on 70cm.

At the end of the week we travelled North and activated 5 Antrim Hills with Crosslieve (AH-011) my only failure with only 3 on 2m and 1 on 70cm (GM0FSZ in Girvan) but 40m came to my rescue. I knew this little hill would be a challenge and just wanted to see if any contacts were possible. The lower hills (SM-015, CA-001 to 003) were all difficult and I only qualified Carrigatuke (CA-003) after a phone call to a fellow operator in Lisburn who duly turned on his set! This was typical of the help I was given when on the trip.

The rig was a Yaesu VX7 (max 5w) with Sotabeam dipole (for both 2m and 70cm), a 2m beam (only used on AH-011 and CA-003) and, apparently the most important item, an XYL voice!! I understand that female activators are even rarer in GI than in G/GW and I was mistaken for Caroline G3ZCB on a couple of occasions as she had been in the Mourne Mountains the previous year. My thanks to everyone for their advice before we went and especially to M0JLA, my most frequent chaser MI0GDO (Robert, Antrim, 28 contacts), and to GM0FSZ (Eric, Girvan, 9) who altered his rig so that we could talk on 70cm after our first contact.

The stats are below. During these 15 days we activated 21 summits and I had 146 contacts on 2m fm and 111 on 70cm fm. I usually called on 2m first and then changed to 70cm and most of my 70cm contacts also spoke to me on 2m. On Slieveanorra (AH-003) I started with a S2S with GI4KSO on MM-007 on both 2m and 70cm, using only the stick aerial. After 3 more contacts came in I had qualified the hill on 70cm and had to erect the dipole to gain the necessary 4 contacts on 2m! This was the only hill where I ended up with more 70cm than 2m contacts. We very much enjoyed our trip and would thoroughly recommend the Mourne Mountains especially if you are lucky with the weather!

Activations – in date order:

MM-014 9 contacts (5 2m, 4 70cm): GI 2, EI 4
MM-011 10 contacts (6 2m, 4 70cm): GI 3, GW 4
MM-007 12 contacts (6 2m, 6 70cm): GI 6, EI 2, GW 1
MM-012 9 contacts (5 2m, 7 70cm): EI 3, GW 2
CA-001 8 contacts (4 2m, 4 70cm): GI 1, EI 4
MM-013 7 contacts (5 2m, 2 70cm): GI 7 (short activation)
MM-002 19 contacts (10 2m, 9 70cm): GI 7, G 5
MM-001 20 contacts (10 2m, 10 70cm): GI 11, EI 1, GW 1, G 2
MM-003 20 contacts (14 2m, 6 70cm): GI 6, EI 1, GW 2, G 4, GD 1
MM-006 23 contacts (13 2m, 10 70cm): GI 7, EI 2, GW 2. G 5
MM-010 14 contacts (10 2m, 4 70cm): GI 10
MM-004 13 contacts (8 2m, 5 70cm): GI 5, EI 2, GM 2
MM-005 17 contacts (12 2m, 5 70cm): GI 6, EI 1, GW 3, G 4

AH-002 15 contacts (8 2m, 7 70cm): GI 8, GM 4
AH-003 10 contacts (4 2m, 6 70cm): GI 5, GM 1
AH-011 4 contacts (3 2m, 1 70cm): GI 2, GM 1
SM-015 8 contacts (4 2m, 4 70cm): GI 4
AH-007 10 contacts (6 2m, 4 70cm): GI 5, GM 1
AH-008 10 contacts (5 2m, 5 70cm): GI 7, GM 1
CA-002 10 contacts (6 2m, 4 70cm): GI 5, GW 1
CA-003 8 contacts (4 2m, 4 70cm): GI 6, EI 1

Total: 92 different contacts: GI 52, EI 15, G 9, GW 9, GM 6, GD 1

Viki M6BWA

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CW REPORT FOR JULY 2015 from Roy G4SSH

The month of July could rightly be called the month of the French Activator. Barely a day went past without a multi-band, multi-op expedition running on CW. Unfortunately band conditions were very poor overall, with entire bands dead at times.

Many activators commenced on 50 MHz then 28 MHz and down the bands but propagation on these higher bands did not appear to be as good as last month. My personal success rate at hearing stations spotted on these 2 bands was about 5% although I did manage to contact my first ever SOTA station on 50 MHz, being Alain F6ENO/p (CW) on the 14th at 0742 UTC. (Plus a second from Gerald F6HBI on the 28th).

At the start of the month Marko OH9XX continued his fishing trip from various locations in Finland, Angel M0HDF continued his expedition around Europe. Phil was active on many bands as I/G4OBK, listening “1 up” to assist with the pile up’s and Rob GD4RQJ and Audrey were commencing their expedition on the Isle of Man.

Gerald F6HBI and Bob F5HTR completed a magnificent round of five 10 point summits on the 2nd June, which was one of the hottest days on record.

Chris ON6ZQ commenced a tour in the BW region of Germany on the 4th and Paul OK2PDT was operating as OE/OK2PDT.

Saku OH2NOS was very active on his “Tour de Central Finland” aiming for his target to activate 20 one-point Summits on CW in four weeks. First was Monday July 6th and second Saturday and Sunday July 11th and 12th. During the first trip Saku used 14 MHz and during second trip 18 MHz due to a world-wide contest. Sadly propagation was very poor with 14 and 18 MHz going over my head and I only managed to hear Saku on very few of his activations. Sake commented that so far he had made two trips, 12 summits together. Sake also commenced another 6 summit tour in the JS region on the 28th of the month.

Glyn G4CFS did an expedition around the East South Downs way on the 6th

French stations were again very evident on the 9th, with Roger F5LKW, Bob F5HTR, Gerald F6HBI and Andre F5UKL all busy with multi activations on multiple bands during the day.

A pleasure to see Takeshi JS1UEH listed on the Alerts for JA/SZ-001, CW and SSB at 0001 on the 11th, and again on JA/TO-001 at the same time on the 18th. This was followed by Arnaud JG1XMV active over the last weekend in the month.

Aage LA1ENA was heard active as EA7/LA1ENA on a few days around the middle of the month.

Gerald F6HBI reports that on the 16 of July, 11 French operators activated 19 different summits!

On the 18th Jean-Pierre was active from Corsica as TK/F5OAU on 18 MHz and JeanF5OAU was also there on the 25th.

Roger F5KLW was again on his travels on the 21st when he was heard attempting to activate seven summits in the day.

Active heard towards the end of the month was Geert PA7ZEE from EI-land, Adrian F/MM0DHY was on an expedition around the PE region of France, and Igor OM3CUG was active as OK/OM3CUG, OE/OM3CUG and SP/OM3CUG, also Andy EA7/HB9JOE.

Volker DM2MT commenced a round of at least six summits in the NS region of Germany on the 23rd, lasting six days. Jan, OK2PDT was also active most days as OE/OK2PDT and DL/OK2PDT.

The month was brought to big finish with a highly successful team activation of Ailsa Craig Island, GM/SS-246, on the 25th, where at least 5 ops did their best to work as many chasers as possible in spite of abysmal propagation and a restricted time frame.

The month would not have been complete without further expeditions from Tof F5UBH, Roger F5LKW, Andre F5UKL and Gerald F6HBI commencing on the 28th. Also another five summits in the AM region of France from Roger F5LKW on the 29th.

73
Roy G4SSH

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THE 2015/2016 OFFICIAL SOTA CHALLENGE and SOTA Microwave Challenge.

SOTA Activators submitting entries to the data base for 10m and 6m during July 2015 -
also 1240 MHz, by request. These files produced on 31st July 2015 - from Kevin G0NUP.

Mode: SOTA CW on 28MHz: activity for July

DF3MC/P, DJ9MH/P, DK1WI/P, DL/HB9BIN/P, DL/HB9BRJ/P, EA2BD/P, EA2LU/P, EA2WX/P, F5LKW/P, F5UKL/P, F6HBI/P, G4AZS/P, G4OOE/P, G4TJC/P, GM4COX, GW4AZS/P, GW4TJC/P, GX0OOO/P, HB9AFH/P, HB9AGO/P, HB9BIN, HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P, HB9IIO/P, I/G4OBK/P, K6EL, M0FMF/P, M1EYP/P, NF1R, OE/OK2PDT/P, OE5AUL/P, OE5EEP/P, OE5EIN/P, OK1DVM/P, OK1MLP/P, OK2BDF/P, OK2PDT/P, S52CU/P, S58R/P, W6AH, W7USA

Mode: SOTA CW on 50MHz: activity for July

CT1DBS/P, F4HOD/P, F5HTR/P, F5LKW/P, F6ENO/P, F6HBI/P, F8FEO/P, G4TJC/P, HA2VR/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P, HB9CKV/P, I/G4OBK/P, JS1UEH/1, K1JD, K6EL, K7ATN, M1EYP/P, NF1R, NW4N, OE/OK2PDT/P, OK2PDT/P, S5100ISONZO, S52CU/P, WB5USB, YO2BP/P

Mode: SOTA CW on 1240MHz: activity for July.

HA2VR/P, HB9BAT/P

Mode: SOTA FM on 28MHz: activity for July

2E0YYY/P, DG7ACF/P, K7MWT, M1EYP/P, S56LXN/P

Mode: SOTA FM on 50MHz: activity for July

2E0YYY/P, F5LKW/P, F6HBI/P, G4TJC/P, GW4TJC/P, K7MWT, M1EYP/P, VK3PI, VK3TST

Mode: SOTA FM on 1240MHz: activity for July

EC4TR/P, K7ATN, KE7MSU, SQ9KCP, WW7D

Mode: SOTA SSB on 28MHz: activity for July

2E0YYY/P, CT1DBS/P, CT2IUV/P, CT2IXX/P, CT8/DL8DBW/P, DB7MM, DB7MM/P, DD5LP/P, DD9WG, DG0JMB/P, DG4DDA/P, DG7ACF, DG7ACF/P, DH1JH/P, DH7FK/P, DK6PK/P, DL/G1INK/P, DL/HB9BIN/P, DL/OE5EEP, DL8DBW/P, DN1WG, DO1DJJ/P, EA2BD/P, EA2BDS/P, EA2BSB/P, EA2DCA/P, EA2DNO/P, EA2DYS/P, EA2ECA/P, EA2IF/P, EA2WX/P, EA3HP/P, EA5/HB9JOE/P, EB2GKK/P, EC2AG/P, F/ON7DQ/P, F4ESK/P, F4GLD/P, F5LKW/P, G1INK/P, G4AZS/P, G4CQZ/P, G4TJC/P, G6DTN/P, GW4AZS/P, GW4TJC/P, GW4VPX/P, GW6DTN/P, GX0OOO/P, HB0/OE9HRV/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9CKV/P, HB9DST/P, HB9ZCW/P, I/G4OBK/P, IW2OBX/QRP, IZ1OQU, IZ1TWC, K5RHD, K6EL, K7ATN, KC5CW, KD2GKO, KG7URC, KG7URD, KI4SVM, LA3NGA/P, M0JCQ/P, M1EYP/P, MM0YCJ/P, MW/VK1MA, N5XL, NF1R, OE/OK2PDT/P, OE/S57MS/P, OE3HPU/P, OE3JSU/P, OE5AUL/P, OE5EEP/P, OE5IRO/P, OE5REO/P, OE5RTP/P, OE5YYN/P, OE7FMJ/P, OE9HRV/P, OK2PDT/P, OK4KOP/P, S52CU/P, S52ON/P, S52Q/P, S55KM/P, S55X/P, S56LXN/P, S57MS/P, SQ9OJN/P, SV2OXS/P, SV6/OE5JKL/P, SV8/OE5JKL/P, VK1ATP/P, VK1DA, VK1DI/2, VK1MBE, VK1NAM/P, VK1RX, VK2JDL/P, VK2MWP, W6AH, WB5USB, WB7ENX, YO6PIB/P

Mode: SOTA SSB on 50MHz: activity for July

AF7GL, EA2BD/P, EA2BSB/P, F/ON7DQ/P, F1REI/P, F4ESK/P, F5HTR/P, F5LKW/P, F6HBI/P, G3RDQ/P, G4CQZ/P, G4TJC/P, G8XYJ, GM7PKT/P, GW2HFR/P, HA2VR/P, HB0/OE9HRV/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9DST/P, HB9EXF/P, HB9ZCW/P, I/G4OBK/P, I1WKN, IK1RAC, IW2OBX/QRP, IZ2JNN/IN3, JI1TLL, JS1UEH/1, JS1UEH/2, K1JD, K5RHD, K6EL, K7ATN, K7TMT, KC5CW, KE7IHG, KF7QLP, LA3NGA/P, M0HGY/P, M0JCQ/P, M1EYP/P, M6EUW/P, MM0FMF/P, MM0YCJ/P, N5XL, NF1R, NJ7V, NW4N, OE/S57MS/P, OE5AUL/P, OE5IRO/P, OE5PEN/P, OE5RTP/P, OE9HRV/P, OK2PDT/P, S52CU/P, S52ON/P, S52Q/P, S55KM/P, S55X/P, S56LXN/P, S57MS/P, SV6/OE5JKL/P, VK1DA, VK1DI/2, VK1MBE, VK1NAM/P, VK2JDL/P, VK2MWP, W6AH, W7JET, W7USA, WA2FON, WW7D

Mode: SOTA SSB on 1240MHz: activity for July

HA2VR/P, HB9BAT/P


Regards
Kevin J Prince
G0NUP

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SOTA News is normally published on the last day of each month, but there will be occasions when the Editor is not available at this time, in which case it will be published as soon as possible afterwards. It can only be as interesting as the items submitted, so if you think your particular field of interest is not being covered then please submit an article by the 25th of the month. Have you a favourite SOTA? favourite mode? favourite rig, antenna, or favourite band? How did you find your first day / month / year as an activator or chaser? Your comments and experiences will be read by SOTA enthusiasts all across Europe, the USA, Australia and beyond, in a total of 24 different countries. Your input will be most welcome.

I receive many e-mails during the month containing details of activations, milestones reached and general SOTA news. Unless advised otherwise I will use this information in the next edition of SOTA News. It is important therefore that you advise me if any information is not intended for publication.

Roy G4SSH
SOTA News Editor
g4ssh@tiscali.co.uk

U.S. and Canadian reports to:-
Elliott K6EL k6ilm@arrl.net
(Temporary replacement for Skip who is moving QTH in July-August)

Australian input to:-
Allen VK3HRA
VK Reporter
arharvie@gmail.com

South African input to:-
Dennis ZS4BS
zs4bs@netactive.co.za



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Thanks again Roy for the latest news. Not easy when your email has been on the blink for so long. Another comprehensive offering. Rob & Audrey’s IOM writings taught me some history and I remember Snaefell from 1975 - the only time I’ve been up. The wind was so strong it blew the camera and smashed it. Thanks to Mark for another Top Band report. Good to see three activators using it in the month and finally 21 MM summits in 15 days is impressive. 73, John.


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