The W7A (Arizona) Mega Activaton day went off as planned on Sunday, January 21st. We planned this event to coincide with the ARRL January VHF Contest, and we thought it might be fun, and we were right.
Thirteen Arizona Activators were on Summits simultaneously Sunday Morning, and it was extremely busy to say the least. It looks like the SOTA Activators made over 600 VHF/UHF QSO’s on 50, 144, 223, and 432 MHz, and every log was filled with s2s contacts. The logging was fast and furious and I heard rumors of “smoking pencils” during the peak hours of the event.
I managed to make 124 VHF/UHF contacts, working 12 SOTA Activators, and making 31 s2s contacts. Other Activators had similar results. We won’t know the final results for a while from all of the participants…seems some of us were worn out a bit by hiking up to their summits with radios, batteries, antennas (yagis on four bands in some cases), masts, the and cold weather gear.
The local VHF contesters told us this was the busiest January VHF event maybe ever in Arizona, and SOTA had a lot to do with that. So congrats to all and maybe we can get twenty summits on the air next year!