Do you fix your antenna to the summit cross?

Since the use of GPS-based surveying the Ordnance Survey in the UK no longer use trig points.

Though the OS no longer uses the trig pillars, maintaining them is still its responsibility; about 6,000 remain.

They are of historic interest only but walkers do like them and want to touch them or be photographed with them, and may be reluctant to approach if you have your radio kit on it.

‘summit hoggers’

That made me chuckle, could be a new award name that.:grinning:

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GREAT - you have to ‘hog’ for 100 Hours ! :laughing: … counted is the time between the qso which is longer than 5 minutes !

73 Armin

Apart from the ones they still use nicely identified by the shiny label saying it’s a part of the Ordnance Survey National GPS Network. But they don’t use them optically the way they used to do.

It’s a most excellent expression.

It’s simple… if I think there’s a possibility other people will be on the summit then I keep clear of the trig and often the cairn/shelter. So that means most Munros and the popular summits. Similarly, I keep wires from antennas clear from paths etc. Sometimes that isn’t possible and I’m very conscious of this, if I see people approaching, I point out the wires and offer to move if it bugs them. So far nobody has asked me to do so, Also I now have a couple of bright orange plastic streamers at the mid-point of the barely visible antenna wire, just so people are aware there is “something” in the air.

The few times I used a trig point on unlikely to be visited summits it’s been a pain to setup compared with my usual way of rigging the pole/antenna. It’s not worth the effort in my view.

I agree with you Armin.
Here in Japan at some summits there are little shrines and I avoid to operate very close to them or use part of them for building my antenna.
73, Takeo

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Thanks to the topic starter for a very important and difficult topic!
Climbing for activation to frequently visited peaks, we, as educated and intelligent people, respect the interests of other climbers. To most people, antennas, radios are completely alien and incomprehensible, unfortunately. Although everyone, including a religious person, also uses the radio - a mobile phone …
If the situation allows, I always try patiently and in simple words to explain to people the essence of our hobby and the importance of radio for every person in general.
To my joy, people who climbed to the top with smiles on their faces and with kindness in their hearts usually understand me.
And those who go to the mountains only for a beautiful photo or for sporting achievement will leave the summit and will soon forget both the antennas and the beauty around and the mountain itself. This is their choice.
For all my activations in the Southern Urals, only two times were Сrosses at summits. Both times, something stopped me from trying to use Сrosses to fix the antenna. Perhaps, in my soul the “old” and convinced radioman has not only wires and radio components))
I spent a large part of my life in the midst of mountains and nature, and began to consider all nature around me divine and sacred. I think that to go up to the summit, put on it a beautiful antenna, talk on radio waves with friends with a hobby is also a thing pleasing to God. It is important, it seems to me, not to leave behind any traces …
Of course, I do not at all consider my opinion to be right or true.


Most people are reasonable and on occasion I have been asked to share the incoming audio with people on a summit. On Great Gable G/LD-005 a guy came and sat by me in the mist and I took my headphones off and turned the audio up. It was great to share the experience. He left knowing a lot more about amateur radio and SOTA.

On the other hand, I have met a couple of people on the hills who were positively negative towards my activity. On Y Garn GW/NW-004 a fell runner came over to me and complained about me having erected a 6el 70cm yagi on the summit - “technology in the wilderness” - he got shouted down by other people on the summit. On Binsey G/LD-041 a woman mumbled something and then asked, “you’re not going to leave that here are you?” Thankfully in almost 600 activations (SOTA and HEMA) these are the only two negative encounters. :grinning:


Now that you mention that, I remember having been asked by someone if I was going to leave my mast permanently fitted there. My answer was obviously negative and then no more worries were expressed. I’ve never found any criticism about my SOTA activity, just the contrary, all the people I meet and explain about our SOTA activity, express their surprise because they didn’t even suspect about such a cool activity and many really enjoy and like it when they hear the traffic on the bands through my spare “guests or visitors” earbuds.
I can understand when landowners get worried and angry because I guess they must have had to face and fight so many people trying to abuse… Perhaps, they have even have to deal with illegal installations of mobile phone repeaters or emergency repeaters or any sort of radio repeater for professional use by construction work companies or sport events and stuff like that.
A white flag attitude along with a smile and a friendly, nice explanation of what we are doing will usually guarantee others respect and our success.



Unless he was naked and without navigational aids then he too was bringing technology into the wilderness. Hypocrisy, ignorance and aggressiveness are a toxic combination.


When I activated the summit last year, I noticed a sign in French at the entrance of the parking lot saying Forbidden for amateur radios" and some other activities I don’t remember. I then walked across the meadow to the far end to the fence, where the restaurant was not visible any more.

73 Jens

Don’t forget the woman on Cuilags (GM/SI-097) who was most affronted that someone else should arrive on such a remote summit while she was there!

(IIRC the only encounter with any other walkers on the whole tour of all the Orkney summits… )

Did it also say “The 60-metre band” ?

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:sunny: :smiley: :sunny:

that’s exactly how i think a sota activator should behave on the summit … i never use the summit cross on my activations and i always operate with headphones plugged in. why should i annoy other hikers who mostly walk up to have a bit of silence on the mountains with the noise coming out of the speaker?

if there is really nothing available for mounting the mast i use this:

73 martin, oe5reo

Not on the cross but near. In my defence, massive AZ with no quiet solitude due to roads and gliding club/airfield within AZ. And the seat was comfortable :blush:

Sensitively done I’d say Steve… Looks like you’re set up along the line of the fence… always a useful trick to minimise impact and avoid the chance of a passer by tripping over your guys or garroting him/herself on the antenna… So long as you avoid any stiles of course!

I’ve activated that summit three times Paul. Apart from other hams (DF2GN, DM7RM) and glider people in the distance. The only other person I’ve seen up there, was a Shepherd (all 3 times).

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Reminds me at Hummelsberg DM/BW-228… is it?

73 Armin

Yes Armin, 10/10 Hummelsberg. Nice view of the Lemberg from there. A nice weizenbier in the Klippeneck hotel afterwards :+1::+1::+1: