I fell into SOTA in July 2015 soon after retiring and having watched too many of Steve’s (@WG0AT) wonderful goat videos.
Enjoyed activating immensely and in a very Western USA style made MG in under 2 years. 2 x MG happened long after and during a very fun trip to Norway this summer managed to become a Sloth via S2S chasing (that took 7 years!!).
CW has never been an easy journey for me but I’m a stubborn old mule. Like many, my early exposure, in my case as a navy cadet in London, was pictorial, I passed the 5 wpm exam for my US General ticket and then really did nothing.
Segway forward a couple of decades and into the season of COVID had me join CWA. Plodded away, got frustrated, stopped, reflected and restarted only to repeat. Finally decided to give this one last college try, chased POTA, chased a little SOTA and found the twice weekly K1USN SST contest to be invaluable.
I made my first CW contacts as M0SNA before I left Northumberland this last summer and that felt good as I used a K2/100 I had built ages ago.
I’m lucky to have a SOTA peak 10 minutes from home by car and a short walk to a rather nice operating location.
Yesterday I fulfilled a “silly” dream and managed my first ever CW only activation netting 15 Qs on W6/SC-369. All quite exciting and terrifying at the same time. KX2, SOTABeams Dipole and a rather nice BaMa set of paddles.
In the grand scheme of things, nothing very remarkable but I huge deal for this old mule!