Welcome to SOTA-Netherlands, which becomes the latest European Association with effect from 1st September 2008.
Well-known as a particularly low-lying country, a judicious use of the minimum P100 parameter has allowed Association Manager Hans PA0HRM to find four summits that qualify for SOTA.
Unusually, the highest point in the country, Vaalserberg at 322m, does not qualify as a SOTA summit, as it is effectively over-shadowed by the 400m Preusswald across the border in Belgium. Nevertheless, Vaalserberg remains an attractive target for amateur radio, as the summit is shared between three countries – Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. A gentle stroll from the car park will allow operation from three DXCC countries – hard to resist if you are in the area!
All of the Dutch summits are easily accessible, so expect plenty of activations from both residents and cross-border visitors.
73 de Les, G3VQO
obo SOTA Management Team