Good evening everyone,
Well, yesterday was my first SOTA and I thought I would share my experience. I created a video and have posted it here, but unfortunately, with the challenges I had getting my antenna setup and finding a way to set up out of the very strong wind, I forgot to video any of the actual activation.
I am fairly new to ham radio having been licensed right at a year now, and started my first POTA activations last month. I was looking at doing another POTA activation at Hanging Rock State Park, when I thought about hiking to the top. That made me wonder if it was listed as a SOTA location, and sure enough it was. Everything was a little last minute, and I am limited on my set-up, so I lugged up my Icom IC-7200 and a battery, antenna etc and it all weighed 39lbs. As I set off on my journey, it had been quite a long time since I had hiked to Moore’s Knob, and couldn’t remember the trail, so having looked it up, I set out on my journey.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that I took the long trail, so instead of being approximately a 1 mile hike, it was a 4 mile hike, and I am very out of shape! Eventually made it to the top, and ended up getting 50 contacts, so all in all a very successful day…buy my feet and legs are feeling it today.
I’m looking forward to many more summits moving forward!