…I was interested in “Hilltopping” in order to get better rx conditions for my SWL hobby, from DXing low-power and RSL VHF broadcast stations, to achieving relatively noise-free condx for SWLing DX HF broadcasters and radio amateurs. You can see why SOTA kind of appealed to me!
In around July to December 2000 (or possibly the first half of 2001), I had an article about “Hilltopping” published in the old Radio Active magazine. This was the then new title for the old CB Magazine in those days, but prior to it being bought out by PW Publishing Ltd, and more recently merging with Short Wave Magazine to become Radio User.
If anyone has a copy of that issue stored away somewhere, or knows where I can get hold of a copy, I would be interested in buying it. For some reason, I cannot locate my copy. Sorry for the “off-topic”; I tried to make some kind of tenuous link!
I’m sure I’m not the only one to have been aspiring to higher ground for better VHF results before SOTA came along!