If this has previously been covered, please accept my apologies. I did several searches here and did not uncover an answer.
Since WSPR essentially is transmitting and then seeing who hears you in real time, is WSPR acceptable for a SOTA activation? Rule 3.10 states, “All modes and amateur radio bands are valid for the programme”.
Assume I hiked to a SOTA summit with a WSPRLite and antenna. Assume I set up, ran the WSPR Lite from a battery for a few cycles and saw that it was received by a dozen WSPR monitor/reporting stations. Could I log those and call it a successful SOTA activation?
My CW skills are suffering after a stroke and am seeking a way to operate HF SOTA.
The stroke was in 2005. I have recovered physically. However, there is some neural disconnection from ears to brain, making comprehension of what I hear very difficult. Used to be able to copy CW nearly 50 WPM no problem. Now, I struggle to copy even 13 WPM, so gave up on CW. SSB is very tough copy also. I can copy AM (without QSB) and FM easily.
The other thread with the OP complaining about some of us only activating on 2m got me wondering if I could figure out a way of doing HF SOTA activations without CW or SSB.
Some background: I am an RF and radio systems engineer and have been working in broadcasting my entire life. Luckily, the stroke did not affect my IQ or engineering abilities. Only some physical limitations which I am always eager to overcome.
Paul, I am sure that you will work out a way…
VHF/UHF FM with an antenna better than a rubber ducky - perhaps a small Yagi?
HF using digital modes: there are some neat solutions around based on a RasberryPi and fldigi or WSJT FT8.