Congrats to Andreas, HB9HCI, on achieving Mountain Goat status some days ago. Andreas has showed some extra dedication to the programme since he started scoring only 5 months ago.
Andreas has specialised in this funny looking SOTA logfile mode “OTHER”, and since his log shows only 6 SSB QSOs so far, we have not yet met on the frequency. But I remember having met him and XYL Yvonne in real on the recent HB9SOTA snowshoe tour to Selibüel – most of us hiking down to the hut after having activated, and only the two rushing up to the summit. He made a story out of it in our HB9SOTA newsletter, showing us the other side of life on that day, and especially the sides of life of an FT8 activator.
I’ll certainly have to see FT8 field operating once to enhance my SOTA world, and Andreas has certainly proven proficiency with several hundred contacts to give me some insights, hi. But I think that my main focus will remain on doing SSB . . . ehm, what would be e.g. a QSO with EA2DT (for me at last) without his melody “dellllta-tango!” on air, creating some familiarity among the SOTA community? And yes, I’ve already mentioned several times that my CW abilities will be brushed-up – yep, at latest after having retired, hi. And then: FT8, or probably FT4, FT2 or FT9. And all that before SK.
But the topic here is: welcome to the Swiss herd, Andreas! And enjoy your niche furthermore!
Vy 73 de Markus, HB9DIZ