This past Sunday, October 17, I activated Yonah Mountain W4G/NG-048 and finally topped 1000 pts (that’s points, not pints ) to achieve the coveted rank of Mountain Goat. Thanks very much to all the chasers and S2S activators who made it possible.
Thanks also to the many new friends I’ve made in SOTA, including the operators here in the Southeast, the folks I’ve worked so often that we know each other’s names, and the community here on the Reflector who will answer any question, any time. It’s always great to work an online friend on the air, especially those on other continents (thinking of you, Guru EA2IF!). Wish I could list you all.
Thanks to Bob WK2Y, who braved a cold, dark November day to join me at a hamfest, saw me waffling about whether to buy a used Elecraft KX1, and said “Oh, just get it. You know you want it.” Every qualifying SOTA point has been earned with that rig.
Finally, thanks to Irene, my XYL and among the most avid hikers I know. She realized she could get me out for any mountain hike that included a SOTA summit, and for almost three years has structured the family hikes to help me reach this goal. I’m a lucky guy.
CU on the summits!
Congratulations Scott in you MG achievement.
Cheers Geoff vk3sq
Congrats on achieving MG. Thanks for all the SOTA contacts.
Gary A. - W0MNA
Way to GOAT…er…Go! Congratulations Scott. It only get better now. Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Dean ~ K2JB
My congratulations on achieving MG!
I kind of guessed you were about to get it due to the numerous activations you’ve made lately, some of which I’ve had the pleasure to chase you in.
I’ve been chasing you in 2018, 2019, 2020 and particularly more often on 2021. It’s now time for you to chase me…
I remember our nice chats over Peanut during the nearly Woldwide lockdown period.
You are really lucky with your xyl supporting you on your SOTA activations and that’s something I always missed.
I’ll be looking forward to chasing you many more times and I really hope to be chased by you some day. Let’s see if we can have a S2S on November 6th.
Best wishes for the next 1000 points.
Congratulations Scott! Bob AC1Z
Thanks for all the contacts.
Congratulations on achieving MG, Scott!
73 Paula k9ir
Thanks very much, gang! I appreciate the support.
Here’s the list of the top chasers that helped me get to MG – but every chaser is appreciated:
Guru, I regret that I’ll probably miss on the transatlantic S2S. November 6 is the date of our only local hamfest this year, and the only one I’ll be attending. Between the need to pick up some parts, and the desire to see local friends face-to-face, the hamfest probably will get top priority that day. Catch you another time!
Congratulations, Scott! Awesome achievement. Always great to chase you and get you in my log.
Congrats Scott, well done.
Congratulations on achieving MG, Scott! Keep on climbing.
Awesome, congratulations Scott!
Congratulations, Scott on MG! Nice story.
Baaaaa & 73,