Yesterday HB9DST introduced me to the joys of SOTA activation. We did a fairly easy one, HB/BE-138 and this simple activity definitely got me hooked to the SOTA program. The plan was to do a more challenging summit, HB/BE-134 today. Probably I made a beginners mistake by not carrying the rules with me: The operation was within 25 vertical meters vertical distance of the top of the summit, but when we returned to our hotel (and internet) I discovered there is another rule telling that the terrain between the operating position and the actual summit must not fall below the permitted vertical distance. So my conclusion is that my activation of HB/BE-134 is not a valid SOTA expedition. I apologize to the 29 stations that I worked and who most likely thought they worked a new one.
Anyway, we had a great hike up to the summit, the weather was gorgeous and I was able to identify some improvements to my station. Be assured that I will be back soon with other (valid) SOTA expeditions.