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Thanks, 5000 Chaser Points


#1

Hi all,
Yesterday in a QSO with Richard, G0IBE/P on WB-005 (part of his Shropshire smash n grab) I reached my milestone of 5,000 Chaser points. This has elevated me to 50th slot in the UK Chaser Roll of Honour. Back in the beginning of 2013 I also reached 1,000 Uniques.

I just wanted to say a big thanks to the whole SOTA community for providing me with so much fun and pleasure since I joined SOTA in Oct 2010. Before that I focussed on chasing DX with 400W QRO to 3el monobanders. It has been both interesting and illuminating to see how much fun and pleasure can be had with QRP and very simple antennas. In fact I chase with exactly the same simple antennas that I use for activating albeit I use 100W to chase and only 5W on activations.

After a while in SOTA you tend to meet the same callsigns over and over and they become very familiar. Some of you that I chase on a regular basis feel like very good friends to me even though I have never met you. I prefer CW over SSB but it is good to put a voice to a CW fist. It was good to have a quick chat with Juerg, HB9BIN during his F/JU trip who I have worked many many times on CW.

So onwards to the next SOTA milestone, although not sure what I am aiming for next. Certainly I would like to do more activating. Goathood seems an impossibility, maybe when I have retired, perhaps!

73s Andrew, G4AFI


#2

In reply to G4AFI:
Well done on the 5000 Andrew.

So onwards to the next SOTA milestone, although not sure what I am
aiming for next. Certainly I would like to do more activating.
Goathood seems an impossibility, maybe when I have retired, perhaps!

Don’t leave it 'till you retire.
Since I retired,9 years now, I’ve had very little time left for activations :slight_smile:

Roger G4OWG (Stuck at half goat)


#3

In reply to G4AFI:

Well done, Andrew! You are now halfway to Supersloth at 10,000 points…

73

Brian G8ADD


#4

In reply to G4AFI:
Hello Andrew,
As an activator i feel the same on the other side.
congrats for the 5000 pts
Gerald F6HBI

After a while in SOTA you tend to meet the same callsigns over and
over and they become very familiar. Some of you that I chase on a
regular basis feel like very good friends to me even though I have
never met you.


#5

Congratulations Andrew on achieving 5000 chaser points.

Jimmy M0HGY


#6

Well done Andrew,thanks for your activations on ssb towards my chasing,I’m sure you will be out and about soon to achieve that Goat. 73 Don.


#7

In reply to G4AFI:
Congratulations Andrew - I’ve got some catching up to do. I still find work gets in the way of SOTA! Will you be at the rally in Blackpool? It would be nice to meet up after what must be at least 35 years!
73 Martyn GW4CQZ


#8

In reply to G4OWG:

Don’t leave it 'till you retire.
Roger G4OWG (Stuck at half goat)

Absolutely agree with Roger. Ten years of retirement which has just flown past will come up for me in Spring and my activation plans have been scuppered first by plantar fasciitis, and in the last couple of years by Mortons Neuroma. It is hard to avoid the wear-out and deterioration that happens to our bodies with age. Do as much as you can as soon as you can. For me, foot op tomorrow may get me back.

And congratulation on the 5000 points
73 Jim G0CQK


#9

In reply to GW4CQZ:
Hi Martyn,
Yes must try and meet up soon, having met with Howard G3YZY recently and renewed our friendship.

Sorry can’t make the Blackpool rally on April 7th. Visiting Ludlow area Fri 22nd Feb - Sun 24th Feb and hope to do some G/WB activations. Up in Preston mid March but dont know the exact date yet.

Hope to hear you the bands

73s Andrew G4AFI


#10

In reply to G4AFI:
Congratulations Andrew…I last week attained my first 100 points as I am a relatively new license holder, so I appreciate the effort and networking you have done to reach 5000…regards from an M6 apprentice.

Russ
73


#11

In reply to G4AFI:
Congratulations Andrew, always a pleasure to work you on my activations. I have a bit of a way to go before equalling your score but have recently passed the 3K marker as a chaser and 3C as an activator which, I suppose, in only a year of involvement in SOTA isn’t too bad.

73
Victor GI4ONL


#12

In reply to G4AFI:

Up in Preston mid March but dont know the exact date yet.

I hear G/SP-007 calling Andrew. :wink: With 5000 chaser points you deserve a rest and a day or two out activating. Well done on achieving the milestone. You are always a good signal with me, both on the summits and when I am at home, so all the best for the next 5000.

73, Gerald G4OIG


#13

In reply to G4OIG:
Hi Gerald,

That is my plan - to activate G/SP-007 - before this year’s Winter Bonus expires. Depends on if can get enough free time from the main reason for the visit.

73 Andrew G4AFI


#14

In reply to G4AFI:

I can recommend ascent by moonlight Andrew, especially if there is snow still lying on the fells. An early start might help you fit in the activation. :slight_smile:

73, Gerald G4OIG


#15

In reply to M6RGF:

Congratulations Andrew…I last week attained my first 100 points as I am a relatively new license holder

Hi Russ,

Well, your first ever contact after attaing your license was a SOTA summit.

I remember it well. It was the day I lugged a 22Ah SLAB, FT-857 and a double 5/8 colinear up the Wrekin! Won’t be doing that again in a hurry :frowning:

Thanks for the spot today…

73 Mike
2E0YYY


#16

In reply to 2E0YYY:

I remember it well. It was the day I lugged a 22Ah SLAB, FT-857 and a
double 5/8 colinear up the Wrekin! Won’t be doing that again in a
hurry :frowning:

Yes, much better to take your time and enjoy it! :slight_smile:

73

Brian G8ADD


#17

In reply to G8ADD:

In reply to 2E0YYY:

I remember it well. It was the day I lugged a 22Ah SLAB, FT-857 and
a
double 5/8 colinear up the Wrekin! Won’t be doing that again in a
hurry :frowning:

Yes, much better to take your time and enjoy it! :slight_smile:

Indeed Brian.

Mind you, The Wrekin is a bit of a slog for a single point. Anyone know what the distance and height gain is from the car park?

73 Mike
2E0YYY


#18

In reply to 2E0YYY:

The contours are hard to read on my map but it looks like 225 metres height gain and close to a mile, a nice little hands-in-pockets stroll (unless you are carrying a 22 Ah battery!)

73

Brian G8ADD


#19

In reply to G8ADD:

Cheers Brian. Theres a cafe about halfway up The Wrekin. On the 2 occasions Ive activated it, the cafe was closed :-(.

Thanks for the call on 40m today.

73 Mike
2E0YYY


#20

In reply to 2E0YYY:

240m ascent, 2.18km walk.

Naismith it for the time, 12mins per km walked and 1min per 10m gain in height. So that’s 2.18*12 + 24 = 50.4mins. You should hardly break out into a sweat on such a trivial jaunt.

Andy
MM0FMF