Making QSO’s on the bands above 1 GHz presents specific challenges, like the relatively low number of chasers and the high directivity of the antennas generally used.
A SOTA award dedicated to microwave contacts is available. All details are on https://www.sota.org.uk/Joining-In/Awards.
Important differences of the microwave award include
This award will be achieved by making a contact at least 50 km in distance between two stations, at least one of which must be activating a qualified SOTA summit.
The elevation (number of points) of the summit(s) is not relevant
Increasing distances beyond 50 km between the two stations leads to higher level awards
There are no yearly limits on how often activators and chasers can score, but only one award claim may be made per summit per activating DAY
Microwave contacts can be also used to support other SOTA awards, including summit to summit.
I would suggest all stations interested in SOTA and microwaves contacts post in this thread some information about their station such as
- Maidenhead Locator
- QRV on bands X, Y, Z
- power and type of antennas
- modes (CW, SSB, PSK31, FT8, FM, etc.)
I understand many operators active on microwave bands do not participate in SOTA at all. If you happen to know some of them, maybe you could suggest them to chase SOTA activators too.
I propose we use this thread initially to announce any activities on the microwave bands in order to organise proper “skeds” and to maximise the chances of contacts.
I’ll start with the very limited equipment I can use at this stage:
- JO20EQ (Waterloo, near Brussels)
- 23 cm / 2 watts, bi-square and HB9CV antennas.
- CW, SSB, FM
Hope to meet you soon on microwaves