After two successfull editions, the Romanian SOTA Marathon launches today the next challenge for this year: the YO SOTA Marathon 2016 that will be held on the second part of August, starting on 15th (monday) and running for 6 days. The activators will have a list of 18 summits to activate, 3 of them for each day of the Marathon, with a maximum of 128 points to win. This year we will focus on the beautiful sightseeings of the Moldavian mountains (YO/EC), with summits up to 2000m height and most of them covered with forests or with alpine pastures. There will be two focus areas with 3 days of activations each one, first of them around Vatra Dornei and second around Bicaz lake. The summits will be close to each other daily, and the tracks from the car parkings will not exceed 2km in lenght.
With the help of our constant sponsor, the Romanian Radioclub Association (ARR), we will try to identify in the next period a hotel/guest house for each focus area, to obtain infos about tracks from locals, and may even be possible to have guides in some days (not sure yet). All areas of activation are well covered in close proximity with good restaurants (the Moldavian cuisine is famous!). The activators must come with their own cars, off-road vehicles are preferred. The final details will be decided at Friedrichshafen Ham Radio 2016, hoping to have a presentation event @ SOTA Conference.
Activators abroad interested in our Marathon are very welcomed, we have already a request from an Austrian team to join us. A detailed presentation of the Marathon made in Powerpoint is available on request using my e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or we can discuss face-to-face at Friedrichshafen, both at the SOTA Conference or at the daily meeting near the QSL Wall.
I will update this topic each time a new decision will be taken. The deadline for registration to participate in the Marathon will be 15th of July, 2016.