SOTA NEWS MARCH 2017 - Part 2
SOTA France – Bob F5HTR
Hello from France,
As you notice, this month was a bit special for the French asociation. From 1st February 2017, French association have been divided in two differents associations. It was a very long time wish to create this new association. Here we are, it is done !
Association “F” for France meets F/AB F/AM F/CR F/MC F/JU F/PE and F/PO
In this association mountains are numerous and very high also. It is Alps and pré-Alps, Jura, Central Massif and Pyrénées.
Association “FL” for “France Low”. You must understand it as “France Low mountains”. France is a very vast country with all kinds of landscape. FL association means F/NO F/SO F/VL and F/VO. Mountains are very rare in the west of the country and a bit more in the East. Altitude is not so high in this region.
In order to give new impulse to SOTA in France we decide to split and give a 100m prominence. Of course you will find all characteristics of those regions in the ARM on the official website of SOTA.
For both Associations F & FL, Bob F5HTR is the Association Manager.
We also cleared many errors that were done in the past. We did a great job to correct GPS coordinates, altitude, col, names, double summits, etc… Of course if you find an error during your SOTA expedition, do not hesitate to contact the regional manager concerned.
I do not know if you have noticed it, but we do not have any listing of summits in our ARM. This allows us to fix errors that may occur much faster. The only valid summits are those of the official database on the SOTA website.
Now, we need a bit of time to see what will happen in future with this FL association. I do expect new Hams will find interest in SOTA, and I also expect that foreign Hams will come to activate French mountains.
About French activity, January was a very cold month this year, so there were about 34 different activations. In February, we counted 44 summits activated.
1st April 2017, we will celebrate the 10th year of SOTA in France ! We will celebrate it with a special callsign in April and in July 2017. We will use TM10SOTA during 15 days (including weekends). This special callsign will be activated from fixed stations and also portable SOTA activity. The French team will be glad to contact you during our Birthday! Eqsl will be used to confirm. I will give further information as soon as possible.
French SOTA stay at your disposal, to give you more information.
Association manager F & FL
KX3 Digimode Interface – Luc ON7DQ
I finally got to translate an article I wrote about using FLDIGI (or any other Windows program) on a cheap LINX 7" tablet running Windows 8, and interfacing it to a KX3. The info may be useful for other tablets/phones and rigs of course.
There was a discussion on the SOTA Reflector about organizing a special “SOTA-DIGIMODE” event.
I favor such an event, but I just hope it will be on a warm day … good for the touchscreen … AND for the operators’ fingers HI
Since this tablet has a camera in the back, it could be used for some live SSTV from the summit as some suggested … only it will take much more time to complete a pile-up than we are used to.
You can read the article here :
Hope you enjoy it, and may it inspire some others to get on PSK or other digimode from the summits !
73 - Luc, ON7DQ/KF0CR
SOTA NEW ZEALAND REPORT from Warren ZL2AJ
SOTA Activity Report for January / February 2017
List Summits activated
Summer months are always great for getting outdoors and even better for doing SOTA. For tougher walks, the heat can be an issue so it pays to consider this when planning your activation. This two-month period saw 27 activations take place. Steve ZL2UCX has started out with his first activation on Mount Somers, and Richard ZL4FZ with Mount Herbert. Wynne ZL2ATH is the current highest North Island activation holder activating Mount Tongariro ZL1/MW-003. This is the 4th highest summit in the North Island. Located on the Tongariro crossing track it is also a very busy summit. At the same time Kyle ZL2KGF and myself found summits to be on to make a few summit to summit contacts. Kyle activated Pouakai ZL1/TN-002 and I activated Whangaruru North Head ZL1/NL-095.
Emma and I spent Waitangi weekend enjoying the sights in and around Whangarei. There are plenty of summits within easy reach from Whangerei so we decided to activate a few of them. With names like Mount Lion and Mount Tiger we thought we had entered the big cat section of the zoo. A pleasant calm and at times hot weekend made for a great trip North. In between activating summits we chased beaches to cool off in.
On the SOTA database website an option of “All ZL” is now available for the Activator and Chaser tables, so that you can compare your ranking with other chasers and activators in New Zealand.
Currently there are about five regular activators in New Zealand. If you would like to know what is involved in activating a summit or how to get started with activation please contact me. Once you get started there is a lot of enjoyment to be had with this corner of our hobby using radio in our vast wilderness at the top of hills and mountains often accompanied with spectacular views. It also ticks the exercise box – or at least that is what I tell my doctor! You don’t need the latest equipment to participate. Entry-level equipment is often available.
That’s the report for the first 2 months of 2017. If you would like me to add a paragraph from an activation you have made into the next report please send me the text and I will endeavor to include it. I hope to work you soon. De ZL2AJ.
Total Summits Activated for Period – 27
Total number of ZL summits – 5174
Total number of ZL summits activated – 101
Total ZL Chaser contacts logged for period 483
73 Warren ZL2AJ
SOTA ON TOP BAND - Mark G0VOF
Hello everyone & welcome to this month’s edition of SOTA on Top Band.
Quite a bit of activity on 160m this month with 4 activators venturing onto the band from 7 different summits if the data I have is correct.
On 5th February, John G4YSS (GX0OOO/P) set off on a three-summit tour of G/NP, with Top Band to be offered from the first & last summits as band conditions around midday would likely be poor. First on this round was G/NP-006 Great Shunner Fell & being a Sunday I was able to chase John from home, although struggling with heavy QRM from nearby electronics. CW was used first & John soon had 4 QSO’s in his log before a switch to SSB brought a further 4 QSO’s. The noise was so bad at my QTH I was not going to bother calling John on SSB but at his insistence we persevered & made the QSO.
After a VHF only activation of G/NP-015 Great Knoutberry Hill John abandoned a possible activation of G/NP-016 Dodd Fell Hill as he was running a little behind schedule & headed instead to G/NP-009 Buckden Pike.
As John would now be ahead of Schedule on arrival at G/NP-009 he decided to add a spell on 20m CW & SSB before dropping to 80m CW/SSB & finally 160m CW/SSB last. Following his QSY from 80m he was easy to find on 1832KHz CW & 8 QSO’s were logged, including with OH9XX & HB9BXE so conditions had improved from the morning session. SSB was again successful with a further 5 QSO’s added.
Detailed reports on these activations can be found here:
G4YSS: G/NP-006, G/NP-015 and G/NP-009 on 05-02-17
Next up on the band as far as I can tell was Patrick KI4SVM who tried 160m during an activation of W4C/CM-154 Ball Mountain on 12th February. I have no further information but I believe he made 1 QSO using SSB following a self spot. Patrick was also active on 80m, which is becoming more popular again as we descend from Solar maximum.
On Friday 17th February John G4YSS (GX0OOO/P) was out again with another three summit round of G/NP. Top Band was to be offered from the first & last summits with VHF only from G/NP-018 Nine Standards Rigg from John had an eventful descent in fog towards the end of 2016.
The first summit on this trip was G/NP-007 Wild Boar Fell & knowing I would have to leave to go work I was very pleased to be called by John just before 8AM on 1832KHz. We easily exchanged 579/589 after which I continued getting ready for work whilst listening via the internet. Once I was sure John had qualified the summit I set off for work.
Following John’s VHF only activation of G/NP-018 during the day I managed to get away from work early enough to catch him on 1832KHz from his last summit of the day G/NP-003 Burnhope Seat. Conditions did not seem very good but John was a good 559 to me at first, however with noise, QSB & changing conditions it soon became a real struggle to hear him well. To be absolutely certain of the contact I called John later when his signal was a little more stable & we exchanged 339/589 so I had a t least one good QSO. John made a fine total of 8 QSO’s on CW before a switch to 1843KHz SSB. I wasn’t holding out much hope of hearing him through the noise but incredibly managed to work him. A superb total of 11 QSO’s were made using SSB making 19 on 160m for this activation
Again, a superbly detailed report on these activations can be found here:
G4YSS: G/NP-007, G/NP-018, G/NP-003 on 17-02-17
After news last month of the first VK Top Band activation I have two to report this month, with possibly a third as yet un-confirmed.
On 23rd February Tony VK3CAT/P activated VK3/VE-098 Mt Porepunkah & after qualifying the summit on 80m he moved to 160m making 3 CW QSO’s & 2 SSB QSO’s.
Tony was out again on 25th February from VK3/VE-006 Mt Hotham with Top Band used after a couple of QSO’s on 144MHz. This time using CW only, 4 QSO’s were made so Tony now had two successful Top Band activations under his belt.
I also have data suggesting that Andrew VK3JBL tried 160m from VK3/VT-013 Mt Selma on 19th February but as yet I cannot confirm this. I will endeavour to do so for next months report.
Thanks & well done John, Patrick, Tony & Andrew.
At the time of writing, those were the only Top band activation during February that I am aware of, if I have missed any others please let me know.
On 5 February, John GX0OOO/P (G4YSS) Activated G/NP-006 Great Shunner Fell & made 8 QSO’s (4 CW / 4 SSB)
On 5 February, John GX0OOO/P (G4YSS) Activated G/NP-009 Buckden Pike & made 13 QSO’s (8 CW / 5 SSB)
On 12 February, Patrick KI4SVM Activated W4C/CM-154 Ball Mountain & made 1 QSO’s (0 CW / 1 SSB)
On 17 February, John GX0OOO/P (G4YSS) Activated G/NP-007 Wild Boar Fell & made 8 QSO’s (5 CW / 3 SSB)
On 17 February, John GX0OOO/P Activated G/NP-003 Burnhope Seat & made 19 QSO’s (8 CW / 11 SSB)
On 23 February, Tony VK3CAT/P Activated VK3/VE-098 Mt Porepunkah & made 5 QSO’s (3 CW / 2 SSB)
On 25 February, Tony VK3CAT/P Activated VK3/VE-006 Mt Hotham & made 4 QSO’s (4 CW / 0 SSB)
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 email@example.com
Until next month,
CW REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2017 - Roy G4SSH
From February 1st, four regions of the former French “F” SOTA association have been grouped into a new “FL” (France, Low) association. The bands were busy during the early part of the month with activators operating from the “new” references, especially by French stations and also Jürg F/HB9BIN.
Highlight of the month was Andy HB9JOE operating as OD5RAL from the Beirut district of Lebanon, which was a new country for most chasers. Andy activated for a few days on different OD/BE summits.
Propagation improved from the low point of January and there were some regular activations from:-
Jan OK2PDT who was heard almost daily.
Geert EA8/PA7ZEE with his QRP 3w station from summits in Gran Canaria
Christof SV2OXS in Greece,
Jarek OK/SP9MA in Chechia
David DL/N3II in Germany
John F/AI4SV in France
Heinz in DL/OE5EEP in Germany
The second week brought in
Matt OE/HB9FVF in Austria
Zoran E70AA in Bosnia, on most weekends.
Zorn 9A/E79AA in Croatia
HB9SOTA Op Clemens
Jozef OK/OM6TC in Czechia
Hans DL/HB9AGO in Germany
Hans DL/PB2T also in Germany
Frank OE/DJ2FR in Austria
The third week provided points from
Paul OE/DL6FBK in Austria
Hans F/HB9BQU in France
Aage EI/LA1ENA from Ireland
David DL/N3II in Germany
Manuel HB0/HB9DQM in Lichtenstein
Karcsi YO/HA8BJ in Romania
Paul EA5/HB9DST in Spain
Tonnie F/PA9CW in France
S5100SF in Slovenia (last day on the 27th)
Victor EA8/GI4ONL. First activation 27th, staying two weeks in Grand Canaria
Michel OE/OM7MD in Austria
During the last few days of the (short) month Christophe ON6ZQ was operating in his regular split mode on 10 MHz, listening “Up 1” for chasers.
The use of the 5 MHz band is becoming popular as more countries are gaining access to the band. A list of activations on this band for February 2017 has now been included in the SOTA activity report by Kevin G0NUP.
SOTA ACTIVITY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2017 by Kevin G0NUP
Mode: CW on 1.8MHz: activity for February
Mode: CW on 3.5MHz: activity for February
GW4TJC/P, GX0OOO/P, N4SFR, OK1CZ, OK1MLP/P, VK3BYD/P
Mode: CW on 5MHz: activity for February
DF7FX/P, DL/HB9AGO/P, DL2FAZ/P, DL6FBK/P, GM0EVV/P, HB9AFH/P, HB9AGO/P,
HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9BXE/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P, HB9CZF/P, HB9DQM/P,
HB9EWO/P, HB9FVF/P, HB9IIO/P, PA0SKP/P
Mode: SSB on 5MHz: activity for February
DD5LP/P, DL1CR/P, G1INK/P, G3RDQ/P, G4IPB/P, G8XDD/P, GI0AZA/P,
GI0AZB/P, GM0EVV/P, GW2HFR/P, GW4AZS/P, GW4VPX/P, HB9BIN/P, KI4SVM,
M0JLA/P, M0TYM/P, M0WML/P, MM0FMF/P, MW0JLA/P, MW0XOT/P
Mode: CW on 7MHz: activity for February
AC0PR, AI6CU, CT7AGT/P, DF3MC/P, DF7FX/P, DJ2MX/P, DK1WI/P,
DL/HB9AGO/P, DL/HB9BIN/P, DL/N3II/P, DL/OE5EEP, DL/PB2T/P, DL2FAZ/P, DL6FBK/P,
DL8DXL/P, DS1SVG, EA1AER/P, EA5FV/P, EI/LA1ENA/P, F/AI4SV, F/HB9AFI/P,
F/HB9BIN/P, F/HB9BQU/P, F5HTR/P, F5UBH/P, F5UKL/P, F6HBI/P, F8FEO/P,
G3RDQ/P, G4AFI/P, GM0EVV/P, GM0GAV/P, GW4CFS/P, GW4ISJ/P, HB/N3II/P,
HB0/HB9DQM/P, HB9AFH/P, HB9AFI/P, HB9AGO/P, HB9AXL/P, HB9BAB/P, HB9BHW/P,
HB9BIN/P, HB9BQB/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9BXE/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P, HB9CLT/P,
HB9CZF/P, HB9DGV/P, HB9DQM/P, HB9DST/P, HB9EWO/P, HB9FVF/P, HB9SOTA,
HB9TVK/P, JA1KHZ/1, JA3NAP/3, JA4RQO/4, JF1NDT/1, JF1NDT/2, JI1IHV/2,
JL1NIE/2, JP3DGT/3, JS1UEH/1, K0JQZ, K2JB, K4KPK, K4QS,
K6HPX, K7MK, K7ODX, K7PX, K7ZOO, K9EZ/P, K9IR,
K9PM/P, KB1HQS, KB1KXL, KB3VVE, KB9ILT, KE5AKL, KE7BGM,
KQ2RP, KR7RK, KT5X, KW4JM, KX0R, LA9XGA/P, LZ1GJ/P,
MM0FMF/P, N0PCL, N0TA, N2GBR, N4SFR, N6JZT, N7LP,
NA6MG, NE4TN, NK6A, NM5S, NO6E, NS0TA, NS7P,
OE/DL6FBK/P, OE/OK2PDT/P, OE5EEP/P, OE5EIN/P, OE6KYG/P, OK/DL8DXL/P, OK/OM6TC/P,
OK/SP9MA/P, OK1CZ, OK1FRT/P, OK1HCD/P, OK1MLP/P, OK2BDF/P, OK2PDT/P,
OK2TX/P, OM/OK2PDT/P, OM/SP9MA/P, OM1HI/P, OM4AA/P, OM4DW/P, OM6TC/P,
ON/PA0SKP/P, ON4KCY, ON6UU/P, ON6ZQ/P, PA0SKP/P, PB2T/P, S51RU/P,
S52CU/P, S53OM/P, S58R/P, SQ8JMZ/P, SV1RHL/P, SV2OXS/P, VK3BYD/P,
W0CP, W1EJ, W7USA, WA6KYR, WA6MM, WA7JTM, WB5USB,
WC6J, WC9G, WD9F/7, WG0AT, WS0TA, WW7D, WX4TW,
Mode: CW on 10MHz: activity for February
AC0PR, AD5A, CT7AGT/P, DJ2MX/P, DK1WI/P, DL/HB9AGO/P, DL/HB9BIN/P,
DL/HB9BRJ/P, DL/N3II/P, DL/PB2T/P, DL6FBK/P, EA2IF/P, EI/LA1ENA/P, F/HB9BIN/P,
F/HB9BQU/P, F4HOD/P, F5HTR/P, F5UKL/P, F6HBI/P, F8FEO/P, G3RDQ/P,
G4AFI/P, G4TJC/P, GI4ONL/P, GM0GAV/P, GW4ISJ/P, HA7HF/P, HB9AGO/P,
HB9BHW/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9BQB/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9BXE/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P,
HB9CZF/P, HB9DGV/P, HB9DQM/P, HB9DST/P, HB9JOE/P, HB9SOTA, HB9TVK/P,
IK2YRA/1, JA1KHZ/1, K0JQZ, K1JD, K6HPX/P, K7MK, K7ODX,
K7PX, K7VK, K7ZOO, K9PM/P, KB1KXL, KB3VVE, KB9ILT,
KD7WPJ, KE5AKL, KR7RK, KW4JM, KX0R, LZ1GJ/P, M1BUU/P,
MM0FMF/P, MW0VFC/P, N0PCL, N0TA, N4SFR, N5FOC, NA6MG,
NK6A, NK8Q, NM5S, NN5K, NO6E, NS7P, OD5RAL/P,
OE/DJ2FR, OE/DL6FBK/P, OE/HB9FVF/P, OE3VBU/P, OE5AUL/P, OE5EEP/P, OK/OM6TC/P,
OK/SP9MA/P, OK1MLP/P, OK2BDF/P, OK2BWB/P, OK2PDT/P, OK2TX/P, OM/SP9MA/P,
OM6TC/P, ON6UU/P, ON6ZQ/P, PA0SKP/P, PB2T/P, S51RU/P, S52CU/P,
S53OM/P, SV1RHL/P, SV2OXS/P, W0CP, W1EJ, W7USA, WA6MM,
WA9STI, WB5USB, WC6J, WD9F/7, WG0AT, WW7D, YO/HA8BJ/P,
Mode: CW on 14MHz: activity for February
9A/E70AA/P, AC0PR, AC1Z, AI6CU, CT7AGT/P, DJ2MX/P, DL/HB9AGO/P,
DL/HB9BIN/P, DL/HB9BRJ/P, DL/N3II/P, DL/OE5EEP, DL/PB2T/P, DL6FBK/P, E70AA/P,
EA1AER/P, EA2IF/P, EA5FV/P, EA8/ON6ZQ/P, EA8/PA7ZEE/P, EI/LA1ENA/P, F/AI4SV,
F/HB9AFI/P, F/HB9BIN/P, F5HTR/P, F5UKL/P, F6HBI/P, G0POT/P, G4AFI/P,
GW4ISJ/P, GX0OOO/P, HB9AFI/P, HB9AGO/P, HB9BHW/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P,
HB9BXE/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P, HB9CLT/P, HB9CZF/P, HB9DGV/P, HB9DQM/P,
HB9DST/P, HB9FVF/P, HB9IIO/P, HB9TVK/P, IK2YRA/1, JF1NDT/1, JF1NDT/2,
JG1GPY/1, JH0CJH/1, JH0CJH/7, JL1NIE/1, JL1NIE/2, JP1QEC/1, JP3DGT/3,
JP3PPL/3, JS1UEH/1, JS6TMW/6, K0JQZ, K1JD, K2JB, K4QS,
K6HPX/P, K7MK, K7ODX, K7PX, K7VK, K7ZOO, K9IR,
K9PM/P, KB1HQS, KB1KXL, KB3VVE, KB9ILT, KD7WPJ, KE5AKL,
KF7PXT, KG7VAK, KK1W, KR7RK, KT5X, KW4JM, KX0R,
LA9XGA/P, LZ1GJ/P, M0OAT/P, M1BUU/P, MW0IDX/P, N0PCL, N0TA,
N4SFR, N6JZT, N7LP, NA6MG, NG7A, NM5S, NN5K,
NO6E, NS0TA, NS1TA, NS7P, OD5RAL/P, OE/DL6FBK/P, OE1MVA/P,
OE5EEP/P, OE5EIN/P, OK/OM6TC/P, OK/SP9MA/P, OK1CZ, OK1MLP/P, OK2BWB/P,
OK2PDT/P, OM/OK2PDT/P, OM6TC/P, PA0SKP/P, PB2T/P, S52AU/P, S52CU/P,
S57TX/P, SV1COX/P, SV1RHL/P, SV2OXS/P, W0CCA, W0CP, W1EJ,
W4PH, W7USA, WA6KYR, WA6MM, WA7JTM, WA9STI, WB5USB,
WC6J, WC9G, WD9F/7, WG0AT, WS0TA, WW7D, WX4TW,
WZ4M, YO2BP/P, ZL1BYZ, ZL3CC
Mode: CW on 18MHz: activity for February
AC1Z, AD5A, DL/HB9AGO/P, DL/HB9BIN/P, DL6FBK/P, F5UKL/P, F6HBI/P,
HB9AGO/P, HB9AXL/P, HB9BIN/P, HB9BQU/P, HB9BXE/P, HB9CBR/P, HB9CGA/P,
HB9IIO/P, HB9JOE/P, JF1NDT/1, JF1NDT/2, JG1GPY/1, JG1GPY/2, JH0CJH/1,
JH0CJH/7, JI1IHV/2, JL1NIE/1, JL1NIE/2, JP1QEC/1, JP3DGT/3, JP3PPL/3,
JS1UEH/1, JS6TMW/6, K1JD, K4QS, K6HPX/P, K7PX, K7VK,
K7ZOO, KB3VVE, KR7RK, KX0R, N0PCL, N4SFR, N5FOC,
NA6MG, NE4TN, NK6A, NS1TA, OD5RAL/P, OE/HB9FVF/P, OE5EEP/P,
OK/OM6TC/P, OK1MLP/P, OM6TC/P, ON6UU/P, S52CU/P, W0CP, WX4TW,
Mode: CW on 21MHz: activity for February
AD5A, DL/HB9AGO/P, DL/HB9BRJ/P, F5UKL/P, F6HBI/P, HB9AGO/P, HB9CBR/P,
HB9IIO/P, JA4RQO/4, JF1NDT/1, JF1NDT/2, JH0CJH/1, JH0CJH/7, JI1IHV/2,
JL1NIE/1, JL1NIE/2, JP1QEC/1, JP3DGT/3, JP3PPL/3, JS1UEH/1, JS6TMW/6,
K1JD, K2JB, K7ZOO, KB9ILT, KE7BGM, KR7RK, KX0R,
N0PCL, N4SFR, NM5S, OE/HB9FVF/P, OK1CZ, OK1MLP/P, OM6TC/P,
Mode: CW on 24MHz: activity for February
JF1NDT/1, JH0CJH/1, JH0CJH/7, N0PCL, OK1MLP/P
Mode: CW on 28MHz: activity for February
DL6FBK/P, HB9CBR/P, JF1NDT/1, JH0CJH/7, KR7RK, OK1MLP/P
Mode: CW on 50MHz: activity for February
Mode: CW on 1240MHz: activity for February
Mode: FM on 28MHz: activity for February
Mode: FM on 50MHz: activity for February
KB1HXO, KK4OSG, ZS2G
Mode: FM on 1240MHz: activity for February
G7HEM/P, JN3PDF/3, JS1GRO/1, OE5JKL/P
Mode: SSB on 28MHz: activity for February
DL6FBK/P, KR7RK, S52CU/P, S56LXN/P, S57MS/P
Mode: SSB on 50MHz: activity for February
AA0BV, DL/HB9EIV/P, F4ESK/P, G8XYJ/P, HB9EIV/P, I1WKN/1, JA1KHZ/1,
JF1NDT/1, JG1GPY/1, JG1GPY/2, JH0CJH/1, JH1EWV/1, JH1EWV/2, JL1BWG/1,
JR1NNL/1, JS1UEH/1, K3OG, S56LXN/P, S57MS/P
Mode: SSB on 1240MHz: activity for February
Kevin J Prince G0NUP
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