I’m newly licenced and am a keen outdoors type so SOTA really appeals to me.
I’ve done a fair bit of reading up on SOTA and more or less get the gist of how things work but wanted to iron out a few details.
Firstly, the calling channel. Are there any specific channels that are sort of designated for SOTA?
I went on to SOTA Watch yesterday and advised we’d be on a local summit on 145,500. (I only have a 2M/70cm handie at present). In hindsight perhaps we shouldn’t have chosen 145,500 but we obviously planned an immediate QSY once getting a contact.
My question is, if we instead nominate a specific frequency and its being used at the pre-agreed time, what happens next? I can’t decide which is going to annoy people more. Jumping in on a used frequency or putting out calls on 145,500?
My other question is, if we make 4 contacts at an agreed summit (we failed yesterday) is there some sort of GPS validation protocol to show we are actually where we say we are? I noticed there is a SOTA app but just wanted to confirm what needs to be done, whether we need to prove our GPS location etc.
Many thanks for everyone’s help in advance. I look forward to attempting to get some points over the coming weeks although perhaps I need to look at making up a better antenna than what my whip is going to give me but I’ll look in to that once I know what I’m doing about the above.