On Saturday, February 3, 2024, Llorenç @EA6KB, achieved the SOTA Mountain Goat status.
He is the first EA6 operator to accomplish this feat and it will be a long time before we see another do the same. Earning 1000 activator points in the Balearic Islands, a region with generally low-scoring summits, without the benefit of extra points in winter and where leaving is only possible by boat or plane, takes a considerable amount of time.
It took Llorenç 309 activations and almost 35,000 contacts.
To celebrate his achievement and congratulate him, all local SOTA activators in EA6 (@EA6LU, @EA6AOJ, @EA6APL and @EC6PG) gathered with him at the summit, sharing a morning of radio, anecdotes, laughter, and a picnic.
We also took the opportunity to give him some gifts and presented him with a trophy shaped like a siurell with the form of a wild Mallorcan goat.
Note: A siurell is a clay figurine, typical of Mallorca, representing crudely traditional countryside characters, animals, or mythological beings. Its origin is ancient and uncertain, but popular belief often points to a Phoenician origin. The figurine gets its name from the small whistle (xiulet) it carries at its base. Interestingly, it shares its colors, red and green, with the SOTA logo.