Some of you may have heard of the national online club, the Online Amateur Radio Community [https://www.oarc.uk] which was formed during the COVID pandemic and provides 24/7 access to an amateur radio community, training and interest groups.
One of the things delivered by the OARC is the RSGB’s Beyond Exams program and, as some of you may know, one of the objectives within this program is to setup a club activity. Given the club’s national geographic nature, I have decided to try and organise a coordinated national SOTA day! After a poll of our members I’ve settled on the 25th of June for this.
We’ll hopefully have around 10-15 OARC members on various summits across the U.K. and will attempt to net with each other on various bands as well as looking for chasers as well. This should foster more actual comms by RF between our members, rather than just via our Discord
We’ll all aim to be on our respective summits at 11am UTC/12pm BST, although there may be some variation of course. At first we’ll try to net with each other on a local-ish basis on 2m for juicy S2S points before breaking off to work chasers. Those of us with HF kit will try to work S2S with each other on something like 40m as well for some more S2S fun before doing some HF calls for chasers later in the afternoon.
I’m really excited about this and I’ve never organised anything like it before, so it’d be great to have lots of folk waiting for our activators. We have quite a few newer hams, some of whom have gone through our exam training, so I’m hoping to give them a good experience of a “thing” in radio, and some will be doing SOTA for the first time.
The full list of summits and activators is available here (along with info about the day for our OARC participants) and will be added to as OARC members sign up: oarc-sota-day [Online Amateur Radio Community Wiki]
Here is a map of where folk will be (will be updated as people sign on): https://arcg.is/1vqGXq
We’ll obviously get alerts up for all of this in advance and post spots on the day. We’ll hopefully be coordinating it all via Discord, mobile signal permitting. Also the rest of the guys taking part don’t know this yet but I’m going to very much encourage them to detail their trips, take some photos and write some activation reports too, muahaha!
Fingers crossed this all goes well. I’m a tad nervous, but hopefully we’ll get nice weather and it should be fun. Hopefully we’ll hear some of you then.