After being completely QRT for well over 20 years (various other parts of life always taking priority), a chance set of discussions sparked my renewed interest in radio, particularly QRP. I stumbled across SOTA, which seemed like it would provide a convenient excuse to operate in the context of hiking, and discovered that our recent relocation to the Front Range of Colorado placed us within driving distance of a summit or two.
Fast forward a few months, an upgrade to Extra for me, zero-to-General for my teenage daughter, and we’re trying to get up to speed for our first activations this Spring or Summer. (My daughter, who historically was never the most outdoorsy kid, is already pestering me about it … going to wait until it gets a tad warmer up in the hills, since we’re not quite ready for snowshoe portable yet.)
Apart from trying to get my Morse up to a functional level (hoping to activate with CW and possibly digital, maybe digital and SSB for my daughter at this point, although she thinks that Morse is pretty cool), I’ve been scouring K0MOS’s excellent site for local activation reviews, tips, and techniques. (I’m still trying to figure out the whole “getting your antenna up when you’re above the treeline” thing, as well as how to pack way too much stuff for the first few activations.)
Looking forward to bringing myself up to speed with all of the good info here.