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VHF SOTA in Italy


The XYL and I have booked a holiday in Northern Italy (Trentino region) and I may have the opportunity to try SOTA while we are there. With only 15kg baggage allowance I’ll be limited to a 2m/70cm FM only hand held, though I might manage a better antenna - I have a j-pole made from twin feeder which rolls up nicely.

My first question is “Am I likely to get any contacts?” We’ll be based at Campitello di Fassa. Many of the summits in the area look like they are yet to be activated. I know there is history concerning SOTA in Italy but I think that’s all been sorted out now.

My second question is “What frequency should I call on?”.

I know HF would be much better but I can’t see any way to get my HF gear there and have any more than the clothes I’m standing up in!



Hello John, to the question 1. I believe that and on question 2. on 145,500 fm are already some QRV.
Announcement in the cluster and then I’ll hear.
When are you in Campitello di Fassa ??

greetings and 73
markus IN3ADF


Hi Markus,

Thank you for your reply. 145.5 it is then. Is it ok to stay on frequency or should one QSY once the QSO has started?

We will be there in August, so plenty of time.

The hotel has WiFi so I should be able to spot beforehand.



If you annunce the dates I’ll be qrv and I’ll make some pubblicity on a couple of local facebook groups.
73 de IN3AQK


Hi John,

I activated eight summits in the Dolomites in July 2012 using VHF, for the same reason. Only 2m was successful nothing on 70cms. On two of the summits I didn’t manage 4 contacts so nul points, and the successful ones were either only 4 or 5 contacts. I think they have a lunchtime siesta and that was the time that people were more likely to be at home to answer.

I used a 3 element YAGI and the higher you get the more chance of contacts. It is a lovely area and was great fun though.

Good luck.



Thanks, Paolo. We will be there during the week of 11th August to 18th August, but SOTA activities will be arranged on the day, depending on the weather and where we decide to walk.



Perfect John, I put an appointment on my calendar. My Locator jn56oo, very near your zone of operation
73 Paolo IN3AQK


Thanks, Colwyn.

A yagi might be better than my rolled up Slim Jim, I’ll look into the various collapsible versions (made from tape measures).



My 3 ele tape measure 2m Yagi does work quite well, I used the designs for one of the 2m DFing antennas. The only issue is whenever there is more than a gentle breeze, the elements fold up and that is with 1in wide tape measure material.


Thanks, Andy. Anything more than a gentle breeze on a summit? Surely not!
Maybe more thinking required…