German ALPS Explorer Award #001 - Activator - received
In 2009 I didn’t activate any summit due to moving of house, little kids and heavy job-QRL, but I wanted to activate summits again in the following year.
The SOTA-DL Association had created an award program, so I selected the
"German ALPS Explorer" Award as the target for 2010.
The award requires 2…4 activated summits from EACH of the 9 Regions in
the German ALPS Association.
Checking database and award requirements showed that I stille needed 10 summits in four regions (DL/AM, DL/WS, DL/CG, DL/BG) to fulfill the award requirements.
Database also revealed that Dziannis DD1LD only needed one more summit (in the Allgaeu-Alps Region) to achieve the award - needed to be fast to achieve the award #001.
My wife DB1YL supported as well but requested a family-friendly way of the activations.
Usually I return home from QRL around 8pm - too late for an evening SOTA.
My daughters (3 & 4y) are too young to take them on challenging tours and
they also don’t like to miss me on weekends - when to do the activations ?
Fortunately I could do a few home-office days in summer allowing me to take-off from home by car around 3:30pm.
Driving time is around 2 hours.
Plus hiking, operating and descending it was possible to reach the car at 10pm when it got dark.
So I had several very nice ‘After Work SOTA’ activations in summer 2010.
Thanks to all chasers !
Later the year the award arrived, chasers can also apply for it, see link here:
73 andy DL2DVE