2018 is a coming

Nate (N0PCL) - that sounds like an awesome trip!! I would be interested on how that works for you and any lessons learned as you will likely do that trip before I do (I anticipate late August). Keep me posted!
Mike NS1TA

To get to 100 uniques. And to 300 activator points by year end.


To get up the hills more, 1/4 Goat would be nice!

73 Paul

To complete 1000 VK and 100 ZL, SOTA contacts…


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2018 Goals are

  • Sloth (66 points to go)

  • 3cm activation

  • 100 Summits Complete

  • ZL1 Activation

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Let’s keeps Karl’s thread going! Aerial Mast and two aerials please for 2018!

I want a better DX and SOTA Chaser signal and better reception from 1.8 MHz - 50 MHz from the “retirement QTH” we moved to one year ago, so in April I applied for planning permission for a mast and two aerials - which will be some type of HF beam and a 50/70 MHz dual band yagi which I already have.

Due to my District Council being short staffed they could not deal with my planning application within the statutory period of 8 weeks, therefore I appealed to the Government Planning Inspectorate on the grounds of non-determination after 16 weeks had passed.

So for 2018 I would like the Government Inspector that visited my QTH yesterday to favour my appeal and grant me permission to erect a 12m mast and the two aerials. Documents are in the public domain so here they are again. My application has been supported by the RSGB Planning Committee Chairman John Mattocks, The editor of Practical Wireless Don Field G3XTT and Dave Bottomley (SOTA Activator) G3TQQ, who lives near to my QTH.

73 de Phil G4OBK

  1. continue learning CW. get enough cw skill to have a qso.
  2. if i get a QCX rig, build it and have a qso on it.

hobbies but non radio related
3) break 90 for a round of golf.


I break 90 all the time - my last round was 127 :smile:

My goals for 2018 are ME (VHF) Silver, and to qualify summits on new bands I haven’t before UHF and above and below 40m

I haven’t been on the air for a long time, so I’m aiming for 2018 to be the “comeback year!” It’ll be good to do some CW and SOTA using a QRP rig.

Hope to meet some of you on the air during the year!



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A successful bypass operation, followed by a steady recovery so that I can get up Ben Nevis GM/WS-001 in the autumn. No more, no less. :slight_smile:


My advice from a retired councillor was just put it up and see what happens ! The council will be too busy to bother with you or any complaints seemed to be the principle. It is a matter of judging risk with the neighbours. But since you raised it with the council it could be more tricky. Andrew G4VFL.

My situation is rather different to the norm OM, so whilst I have used the “just put it hope and hope for the best” method and it has worked in the past for me, the prospect of spending £2000 on a new Tennamast and Hexbeam, a cubic metre of concrete etc and then being forced to dismantle and sell off secondhand would not have been wise, for the price of a £172 planning application, win or lose. I’m happy to try the “just put it up and hope for the best” method on stuff fixed to the house - but I have already done that with my existing two aerials! From experience one needs at least 5 aerials to operate an EFFICIENT station from 160m - 2m which is what I have always tried to do, and get the best signal I can out from the seven QTHs I have had since 1982.

73 Phil G4OBK (Last word on it - off topic)

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Here, Here Gerald, the best wish so far!

Good health in what we all hope will be a Happy New Year for you with renewed vigour!

73 Phil

  1. Family stays healthy and happy.
  2. Lose a couple of stone.
  3. Keep getting enough pro gigs not to have to take a long-term or permanent teaching job.
  4. Lots of nice wx whenever I am out SOTAing.
  5. Another year of problem-free motoring.
  6. Another block of new GW activator uniques.
  7. Complete G (for a third time…)
  8. Some overseas activating.
  9. Get my new /P datamode set-up up-and-running for JT65 and FT8.

I don’t ask for much…

Hummmm… Well First of all activate GM/ Summits and Bring my Bagpipes :wink:
And second reach the 200 Completes :wink:
But high level for all… A GOOD HEALTH…
Take Care


Hi Viki

I worked a French station from Worcestershire Beacon with just 5w and a dipole on 2m SSB earlier this year so it’s doable. Granted I think FM would have been pushing it!

All the best for 2018
Martin, M0JEA

Hi Martin,

Given a bit of ducting, Europe is reasonably easy to work from a SOTA summit, using 2m FM and a colinear…

73 Mike

Hi all
Any Fast scan TV operation from a summit would be different. I’ve been building my digital amateur TV station for the last 10 months and hope to get it mounted on a sack barrow in order to operate proper /P in Shropshire. A TV mode type in the data base and SOTAWatch would help with this tough mode.
Some joint activations with great friends.
More Wainwrights and the Lake district where I’ve completed the G/LD SOTA with my Dad [82 years young] . The other 2 hill top portable awards schemes in UK are also very good.
But most of all, for my wife Ann-Charlotte to get better after Cancer and Chemotherapy. This looks promising and very likely :grinning:
73 and a merry Christmas / Nadolig Llawen
David M0YDH [Dei MW0YDH/p]

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Better be for medicinal reasons or you’ll get yourself arrested!

I have a bottle of CU BOCAN waiting to be sampled once the bells strike midnight, obviously for medicinal purposes only !.