It’s great to be back into amateur radio again. I walked away from it over 20 years ago as computers/ satellites and all that junk become the rage. For me I like it simple. Small rigs/ QRP/ portable antennas and the like.
Anyway, on and off over the past few years I got the itch to get back into it, but nothing seemed to have changed. From what I saw, it looked like it was dying. Hmmm. From time to time I saw this thing on the web in conversations etc called SOTA, but never looked into it as I thought it something to do with satellites and the like. Just not my cup of tea I’m afraid
Anyway, over the past 8 weeks I got the itch again and found the SKCC group (Straight Key Century Club) where its all about CW and using the old straight keys (no paddles there I’m afraid… LOL). So I got all fired up and joined.
Then yesterday I was webstalking and found some mention of this SOTA fella and his goats climbing hills and yakking on his radio. At first I thought they were talking about Steve and his goats (the inventor of the firebox stove. (see his you tube channel …firebox stoves). Hmm… not him. Crikey, what’s this new trend with goats. Am I missing something!
Then it finally clicked… Summits On The Air.
Small portable rigs, QRP, wire antennas and the like. (No satellites here !!! LOL). Trekking through the bush to some high peak in the middle of nowhere and crankin’ up. Sound awesome
Well I was hooked.
I quickly signed up to the main part but had trouble signing up with Reflector. (It wouldn’t send me an email to get me in. Anyway, after a few emails, Josh (WU7H) got it sorted out, (“Thanks mate. Much appreciated!!”) and… here I am.
First thing… I had to order a small rig. (I’m not luggin’ a Kenwood TS-140 through the bush, I can tell ya), so just waiting for my QCX mini to arrive (14 mhz…I’ll get the 7 meg next), squid pole and all the rest of the stuff one makes. Then its on and crikey…am I looking forward to it
Anyway… I do have some questions though, but I’ll leave that for next time.
Just some of the mountains offshore from us and we have a huge range behind us. In our small area we have 42 mountains surrounding us worth 10 points and 48 mountains worth 8 points. Problem is… its serious deep jungle to get to them (LOL)
In sota maps,
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