Hi all, thank you soooo much for this incredible amateur radio community!
One quick clarification - it’s actually been 2 years, not just one
I remember telling my XYL early on that it would probably take me about 5 years to reach Mountain Goat. But, I can’t get enough of this SOTA stuff! Ah, the siren song of the summit is so very strong!
And, I can’t think of a better group of folks to share it with.
It was back in July 2016 when NU7Y, Quinton, invited me to go along with him up to Heliograph Peak and make some QSO’s. I had been in a bit of a lull with ham radio after some life changes, and I was also missing hiking after my sons outgrew boy scouts. So, I gave it a try. I don’t think Quinton realized it but he set me on the path to a whole new chapter in my ham radio story! We still do some joint activations and whenever possible he fires up the rig to give me some QSO’s when I am up on a peak. I had hoped to return to Heliograph for my MG summit with Quinton, but he had summer travel plans - but he still set up a rig and provided my first QSO in the log yesterday, from Washington.
I truly wasn’t in a rush to achieve Mountain Goat. But, I would hike and activate every day if I could. I have enjoyed the journey and I feel like I have a very long way to go before I will be a SOTA Master like some of the rest of you SOTA ops. Maybe I’ve earned a 2-year Associate’s Degree in Summits On The Air - but let me tell you, I have every intention of continuing on towards the full Doctorate, learning and having fun! There are almost unlimited beautiful, long hikes to be done; there are summits in lands far away just waiting for me to visit; there is nature to be appreciated and boots to be worn thin. And best of all, there are many awesome ham radio friends to share it all.
73 and see you on the air (maybe even 10 meters!)