SOTA NEWS JANUARY 2018 - Part 2
SOTA NEW ZEALAND REPORT from Warren ZL2AJ
Activity Report for November / December 2017
List Summits activated
As you can see in 2 months 58 ZL summits have been activated. From a wet spring to a sunny summer – well mostly. Several tourists have helped make up these numbers. ZL/HB9DQM Manuel, with whom I had the pleasure of jointly activating Maungakawa, arrived amid a tour of New Caledonia, New Zealand and Australia. Manuel is also the author of the Hamalert app which I only discovered while decending from the summit. Check out his app at iTunes or Google playstore, or at hamalert.org. Manuel activated 13 summits while here enjoying our scenery.
Other tourists ZL/M0WML, ZL/M0VFC Robert, ZL/K6KWI Neil and ZL/VK2NU David activated a further 7 Summits between them. I think an approach to the minister of tourism is in order here as SOTA seems to be bringing the hams to ZL. This leaves locals with a total of 39 Summits activated (plus one more I know happened but hasn’t been entered into the database yet). This includes ZL1SKL Soren with his first activation. Well done Soren we hope to hear you on the air again soon.
New Year’s UTC rollover saw 4 concurrent activations – all in the ZL1/WK Waikato region. John ZL1BYZ ascended Te Aroha – a slog I have heard – it’s on my list to do when I feel a little fitter. John ZL1PO was on Sanatorium hill / Pukemako, near Cambridge. This is an easy summit to activate if you want to try your gear out without the disappointment of things not working after a long walk. ZL2KGF activated ZL1/WK-142 – Taumatamaire Road (near Awakino). Kyle made his 100 chaser points, a goal he has been trying to achieve for some time. He also added 46 Summit to summit points to his log, and a complete, as well as 2 activator points. Lastly I activated Pureora ZL1/WK-024. This wasn’t my first visit to Pureora however as I hadn’t activated it in 2017 it would be a nice one for the double activation that New Year’s Day provides. Unfortunately, the ideal weather we had been having disappeared and we were in sideways drizzle for our activation. This meant after I had my 4 contacts after the roll over I was out of there. Even so I made 12 summit to summit contacts, a complete, and gained 12 activator points. We walked out drenched to the bone but that was nothing a hot chocolate from Te Kuiti didn’t fix.
In other news, 3 new summits have been added to ZL1/NL region. All islands, but added for completeness. A few names and positions of summits were also updated recently. Thanks to all the region managers, activators and chasers for SOTA in 2017. Bring on 2018.
Warren – ZL2AJ
Total Summits Activated for Period – 58
Total number of ZL summits – 5187
Total number of ZL summits activated – 136
Total ZL Chaser contacts logged for period 447
ON SOTA – Peter ON4UP
To conclude the celebration year 2017, here are some figures of the 10-years ON association award so far:
38 certificate have been awarded.
17 activator have achieved the ACTIVATOR award. They activated at least 10 different ON summits in 2017. The first one was awarded to Frank ON6UU.
17 chasers have achieved the CHASER award. They chased at least 10 different ON summits in 2017. Number 1 was Hansjoerg OE7PHI.
4 COMPLETED awards are distributed so far. To achieve this award one has to activate and chase 10 pairs of ON summits in 2017. Jan OK2PDT was the first who managed to get this rather difficult award.
Participants of 11 different associations claimed awards
Non-ON stations claimed the majority of the awards.
You can still claim the 10-Year ON association award by sending a mail to on4upATskynet.bet until end of March 2018.
Thanks to everyone who participated in one way or another in the 10-year ON association celebration!
73, Peter – ON4UP
ON association manager
Activations in EA8/GC – Geert PA7ZEE
During our wintering in the coming weeks on Gran Canaria Island I hope to activate many summits. Some ones where I have been before but also some virgin summits.
As always I will announce my activations with an Alert. I hope to work many Chasers and maybe also some S2S QSO’s. Wishing you all a healthy and successful SOTA year.
73 de Geert PA7ZEE
Geert activating EA8/GC-006 Tamadaba
SOTA ON TOP BAND - Mark G0VOF
Hello everyone & welcome to this month’s edition of SOTA on Top Band.
One activator ventured onto the band this month from two summits.
On 12th December, John G4YSS activated G/LD-003 Helvellyn where he made one QSO with Phil G4OBK using CW. John was out again the following day activating G-LD-037 Little Mell Fell where he had more success making a good total of 7 QSO’s (5 CW / 2 SSB).
Links to John’s reports on these activations can be found below:
G4YSS: G/LD-003 & Alan Hinkes, 12-12-17
G4YSS: G/LD-037 on 160m, 13-12-17
At the time of writing, those were the only Top band activation during December that I am aware of, if I have missed any others please let me know.
On 12 December, John GX0OOO/P (G4YSS) Activated G/LD-003 Helvellyn & made 1 QSO’s (1 CW / 0 SSB)
On 13 December, john GX0OOO/P (G4YSS) Activated G/LD-037 Little Mell Fell & made 7 QSO’s (5 CW / 2 SSB)
Here are some statistics for 2017. Activity has increased from 2016 with 193 QSO’s made during 33 activations with many VK activators in the figures this year.
15 activators tried the band with CW being the favoured mode follwed by SSB. The table below shows all activations duing 2017:
As always, If you do have any suggestions on things that you think should be included, or if you wish to contribute tips, ideas or anything else that you think may help others on the band please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next month,
CW REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2017 - Roy G4SSH
Right on cue, the start of the Winter Bonus coincided with the first snowfall of the winter at my QTH on the North Sea coast of the U.K. Unfortunately, severe winter weather across most of Europe, and Christmas family activities kept SOTA activations to a very low level during the month, with many cancellations and abandonment’s.
The first highlight being Manuel ZL/HB9DQM/p, fresh from his activations in New Caledonia, was now active from New Zealand around midnight UTC.
Other CW highlights:-
Jan as OK/OM2JU/p in Czechia
Jan as CT7/OK2PDT/p in Portugal
Zoli as OM/HA5CQZ/p in Slovakia
Zoran as E70AA/p from Bosnia.
Slavko as EI/S53XX/p from Ireland
Tonnie as ON/PA9CW/p in Belgium
Jarek as OK/SP9MA/P in Czechia
Geert as ON/PA7ZEE/p in Belgium
Cesar as EA4/K1TNT/p in Spain
Bruno as F/HB9CBR/P, in France
Kurt as F/HB8AFI/p, in France
Andrew as M/VK3AWW/p, in England
Hans as DL/PB2T/p in Germany
Tof as ON/F5UBH/p in Belgium
Hans as DL/PB2T/p from Germany.
Zoran as E70AA/p from Bosnia
John as EA8/AI4SV/p from the Canary Islands.
Feri as YO/HA8LLH/p from Romania
Tom as M1EYP/p, was very active on a 5 day tour around England.
Over the Christmas period we had a “Christmas run” with 4 French activators on 2 summits
Gerald F6HBI, Bob F4HTR, Roger F5LKW on CW, with Patrice F4ESK on SSB,
I wish all activators, chasers, SWL’s and their families, a very Happy New Year in 2018.
May you be successful in reaching your own personal SOTA milestones.
SOTA ACTIVITY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2017 by Kevin G0NUP
Mode: CW on 1.8MHz: activity for December
Mode: CW on 3.5MHz: activity for December
GW4TJC/P, GX0OOO/P, JA4RQO/4, K2JB, K7VK, N2GBR, NA6MG,
Mode: CW on 5MHz: activity for December
AA6XA, CT1DBS/P, DF3MC/P, DJ2MX/P, DK4RW/P, DL4TO/P, DL6AP/P,
DL6FBK/P, G0EVV/P, G8CPZ/P, GW8TMV/P, HB9AFI/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9CBR/P,
HB9CGA/P, HB9DBM/P, K7PX, K7VK, KB9ENS, KR7RK, N2GBR,
N7CW, N7LP, NA6MG, ON4FI/P, WC3O, WG3K
Mode: CW on 7MHz: activity for December
9A2GA/P, 9A6CW/P, AA0BV, AA6FD, AA6XA, AC0PR, AC1Z,
AD5A, AE5KA, CT7/OK2PDT/P, DJ2MX/P, DL/PB2T/P, DL4FO/P, DL4TO/P,
DL6AP/P, DL6FBK/P, DL8DXL/P, EA1AER/P, EA2BD/P, EA2IF/P, EA2LU/P,
EA4ESP/P, EA5FV/P, EI/S53XX/P, F/HB9AFI/P, F/HB9BIN/P, F/HB9CBR/P, F5HTR/P,
F5IUZ/P, F5LKW/P, F5UKL/P, F6HBI/P, F8FEO/P, G0EVV/P, G3RDQ/P,
G4GIY/P, G4ISJ/P, G8CPZ/P, GM3YTS/P, HA2VR/P, HA3HK/P, HA5CLF/P,
HA5CQZ/P, HA6OY/P, HA6QR/P, HB9/OE9TKH/P, HB9AFI/P, HB9AXL/P, HB9BAB/P,
HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P, HB9DBM/P, HB9EIV/P, HB9EKO/P,
HB9EWO/P, HB9IAB/P, HB9IIO/P, JA1KHZ/1, JA3NAP/3, JA4RQO/4, JF1NDT/1,
JG1BOK, JG4LCS/4, JI1IHV, JI1IHV/1, JM3HRC/3, JP1QEC/1, JP3DGT/3,
JS1UEH/1, K0MP, K1LB, K2JB, K4LPQ, K7FOP, K7ODX,
K7VK, K7ZOO, K9IR, KB9ENS, KE5AKL, KE6MT, KH2TJ,
KI4SVM, KI4TN, KR7RK, KT0A, KX0R, LA1ENA/P, LA1KHA/P,
LB8CG, LZ1GJ/P, M/VK3ARR/P, M0OAT, M1BUU/P, M1EYP/P, MM0CMV/P,
MM0FMF/P, N0EVH, N0MTN, N0TA, N1EU, N1FJ, N2GBR,
N3II/P, N4ADK, N6JZT, N7CW, N7LP, N7RR, N7SRG,
N8HN, N9XG, NA6MG, NK6A, NM5S, NU7Y, OE5EEP/P,
OE5EIN/P, OE6FEG/P, OK/OM2JU/P, OK/SP9MA/P, OK1AYU/P, OK1CF/P, OK1MLP/P,
OK2BDF/P, OK8JOE/P, OM/HA5CQZ/P, OM6AN/P, ON/F5UBH/P, ON/PA7ZEE/P, ON/PB2T/P,
ON4FI/P, ON4KCY/P, ON5XX/P, S53OM/P, S58R/P, SP9MA/P, SV1RHL/P,
VE2DDZ, VK/HB9DQM/P, VK1DA, VK1FWBK/P, VK2IB/P, VK2IO/P, VK3ARH,
VK3BYD/P, VK3IL/P, VK4JAZ, VK5CZ, W0CP, W1EJ, W6UB,
W7JET, W7KKM, WA6MM, WA7JTM, WB0USI, WB5USB, WC3O,
WC6J, WD9F, WG0AT, WG3K, WH6LE, WS0TA, WW7D,
YO/HA8BJ/P, YO/HA8LLH, YO2BP/P, ZL/HB9DQM/P
Mode: CW on 10MHz: activity for December
9A6CW/P, AA0BV, AA6FD, AA6XA, AC0PR, AE5KA, AE9Q,
CT1DBS/P, CT7/OK2PDT/P, CT7ABE/P, DF3MC/P, DJ2FR, DJ2MX/P, DK4RW/P,
DL/PB2T/P, DL6FBK/P, DL8DXL/P, EA2BD/P, EA2IF/P, EA4ESP/P, EI/S53XX/P,
F/HB9AFI/P, F/HB9CBR/P, F5HTR/P, F5IUZ/P, F5LKW/P, F5UKL/P, F6HBI/P,
F8FEO/P, G0EVV/P, G0HIO/P, G3RDQ/P, G4ISJ/P, G8CPZ/P, GM0GAV/P,
GM3YTS/P, GW0HIO/P, GW4VPX/P, HA3HK/P, HA5BV/P, HA5CQZ/P, HB9AFI/P,
HB9BAB/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P, HB9DBM/P, HB9DGV/P,
HB9EKO/P, HB9EWO/P, HB9IIO/P, HB9JOE/P, IK2LEY/P, JA4RQO/4, JP3DGT/3,
K0FTC, K0MP, K1JD, K1LB, K7DJL, K7ODX, K7PX,
K7VK, K7ZOO, KE5AKL, KE6MT, KH2TJ, KH7AL, KR7RK,
KT0A, KX0R, LA1EBA/P, LA1ENA/P, LA1KHA/P, LA3NGA/P, LZ1GJ/P,
M0BLF/P, M1BUU/P, MM0FMF/P, MW0BLF/P, N0EVH, N0MTN, N0TA,
N2GBR, N3II/P, N6JZT, N7CW, N7LP, N7RR, NA6MG,
NK6A, NM5S, NU7Y, OE/OM1WS/P, OE5EEP/P, OE6FEG/P, OK1MLP/P,
OK2BDF/P, OK2PDT/P, OK3QE/P, OK8JOE/P, OM/HA5CQZ/P, ON/F5UBH/P, ON/PA9CW/P,
ON/PB2T/P, ON4FI/P, ON4KCY/P, ON5XX/P, ON6UU/P, S53OM/P, SV2OXS/P,
VA2VL, VE2DDZ, VK/HB9DQM/P, VK1DA, VK3BYD/P, W0CP, W1EJ,
W7JET, W7KKM, WA6MM, WA7JTM, WA9STI, WB0USI, WB5USB,
WC6J, WD9F, WG0AT, WW7D, YO/HA8BJ/P, YO/HA8LLH, YO2BP/P
Mode: CW on 14MHz: activity for December
9A6CW/P, AA0BV, AA6FD, AA6XA, AC0PR, AC1Z, AE5KA,
AI6CU, CT1DBS/P, CT1HIX/P, CT7/OK2PDT/P, CT7ABE/P, DJ2MX/P, DK4RW/P,
DL4FO/P, DL4TO/P, DL6FBK/P, DL8DXL/P, E70AA/P, EA/AI4SV, EA1AER/P,
EA1NL, EA2BD/P, EA2IF/P, EA4/K1TNT, EA4ESP/P, EA5FV/P, EA5HT/P,
EI/S53XX/P, F/HB9AFI/P, F/HB9BIN/P, F/HB9CBR/P, F4HOD/P, F5HTR/P, F5IUZ/P,
F5UKL/P, G0EVV/P, G4ISJ/P, GM0GAV/P, HA5CQZ/P, HB9/OE9TKH/P, HB9AFI/P,
HB9BAB/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P, HB9DBM/P, HB9DGV/P,
HB9EKO/P, HB9EWO/P, HB9FPM/P, HB9IAB/P, HB9IIO/P, JF1NDT/1, JG1GPY/1,
JG4LCS/4, JH0CJH/1, JL1NIE/1, JP1QEC/1, JP3DGT/3, JS1UEH/1, K0FTC,
K0MP, K1JD, K1LB, K2JB, K7DJL, K7FOP, K7ODX,
K7VK, K7ZOO, K9IR, KC4WZB, KE5AKL, KE6MT, KH2TJ,
KI4TN, KR7RK, KT0A, KX0R, LA1EBA/P, LA1ENA/P, LA3NGA/P,
LB8CG, LZ1GJ/P, M0OAT, M1EYP/P, MM0FMF/P, N0EVH, N0TA,
N1EU, N1FJ, N2GBR, N3II/P, N4ADK, N6JZT, N7CW,
N7LP, N7RR, N8HN, N9XG, NA6MG, ND7PA, NG7A,
NK6A, NM5S, NU7Y, OE5AUL/P, OE5EIN/P, OE5YYN/P, OE6FEG/P,
OH9XX/P, OK/DL8DXL/P, OK/OM2JU/P, OK1MLP/P, OK2BDF/P, OK2PDT/P, OK3QE/P,
OM2JU/P, ON4FI/P, RX9WT/8, S53OM/P, S58R/P, SV1RHL/P, SV2OXS/P,
VA2VL, VE2DDZ, VK/HB9DQM/P, VK1DA, VK3BYD/P, VK5CZ, W0CP,
W1EJ, W1PQO, W6UB, W7JET, WA6MM, WA7JTM, WA9STI,
WB0USI, WB5USB, WC3O, WC6J, WD9F, WG0AT, WH6LE,
WS0TA, WW7D, WX4TW, YO2BP/P, Z35M/P, ZL/HB9DQM/P, ZL/VK2NU/P,
Mode: CW on 18MHz: activity for December
AA0BV, AA6XA, AD5A, CT1DBS/P, F5UKL/P, G3RDQ/P, HB9CBR/P,
JA4RQO/4, JF1NDT/1, JG1GPY/1, JH4DUQ, JI1IHV, JI1IHV/1, JL1NIE/1,
JP3DGT/3, JS1UEH/1, K0FTC, K0MP, K1JD, K7ZOO, KR7RK,
KX0R, N0EVH, N0TA, N7CW, N9XG, NA6MG, VK2IO/P,
W0CP, W1EJ, WA6MM, WD9F, WG0AT, WH6LE, ZL/VK2NU/P,
Mode: CW on 21MHz: activity for December
AA6XA, F5UKL/P, HB9CBR/P, JA4RQO/4, JH0CJH/1, JP1QEC/1, JP3DGT/3,
K0MP, K1JD, KR7RK, KX0R, N7LP, N9XG, NU7Y,
Mode: CW on 24MHz: activity for December
AA6XA, HB9CBR/P, JP3DGT/3, KR7RK, OK1MLP/P
Mode: CW on 28MHz: activity for December
HB9CBR/P, JP3DGT/3, KR7RK, ZL/HB9DQM/P
Mode: CW on 50MHz: activity for December
JF1NDT/1, JH0CJH/1, JL1NIE/1, JS1UEH/1
Mode: CW on 1240MHz: activity for December
Mode: FM on 28MHz: activity for December
Mode: FM on 50MHz: activity for December
Mode: FM on 1240MHz: activity for December
G4VFL/P, JL1BWG/1, JN3PDF/3, JS1GRO/1, K0NR
Mode: SSB on 28MHz: activity for December
EB2GKK/P, HB9GKR/P, KF7HIZ, KJ4ZFK, LA8NHA/P, S56LXN/P, S57MS/P,
Mode: SSB on 50MHz: activity for December
7K1BAE, AA6XA, EA1NL, I1WKN, I1WKN/1, JA1KHZ/1, JG1XRA/1,
JH0CJH/1, JI1IKC/1, JI1RPN/1, JI1TLL/1, JI1UPL/1, JL1BWG/1, JL1BWG/2,
JM3URG/3, JN2BFN, JS2VVH/1, JS2VVH/2, K7VK, KI7OFL, S56LXN/P,
S57MS/P, VK1AD/2, VK1AD/3, WW7D
Mode: SSB on 1240MHz: activity for December
DG7ACF/P, DL1CR/P, VK1AD/2, VK1AD/3
73 and a Happy 2018.
de Kevin G0NUP
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