This weekend I tried to activate PA-004 but failed to get near to the real summit since it is in a closed, no access national park. Climbing the fence, (like some hams did) is, as I understand against SOTA rules and would make an activation invalid.
However, SOTA rules seem to allow me to use any location in the area as long as it is max 25 meters vertical distance below the summit. Based on an elevation map below I identified the contour of 90 meters elevation (which is 17 meters below the 107m summit). So, I guess that this area can be used for the activation? We could even go a little bit beyond that because anything above 82 meters would satisfy SOTA rules, correct?
It would be great to get clarity on this because there have been several ham’s that went into the closed area which is closed of for the public for a reason. If we can use this contour then there are some really nice spots (even small hills) in the vicinity of the real summit.
Any suggestions would be helpful.