On the Dutch “Veron Pinksterkamp” I happened to run into Hans, PA3FYG who started talking about SOTA. He showed some pictures and told me about his SOTA experiences. What a great idea, as I like hiking and (after being offline for 25 years) HAM radio as well.
I did have to persuade my family that it is not extremely odd to take “these antenna’s” on our yearly camping vacation, but succeeded. So, on August 12th I was able to do my first SOTA activation as DL/PA3Q/P. A nice hike, with my wife and kids up to the Grosser Eyberg in Germany (DM/RP-322). I recorded the activation in a short video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaaqnBqzJIQ&feature=player_detailpage
I really liked it a lot, sent personal thank you emails to the 20 HAMs that I contacted on the bands and got very nice responses from them. One disadvantage of a CW activation is the briefness of the contact, but email does repair a lot.
So, thanks to Hans for infecting me with the SOTA virus and to all friendly HAMs who, despite my rusty CW took the time to make a contact.
I am looking forward to meeting you again on the SOTA frequencies.