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Planning a sota-holiday in Southern Norway

Hi at All,
I’m thinking of planning a holiday and a sota-tour in low Scandinavia.
Could any one suggest me some nice places for my sota-holiday?
I’m looking for a place rich of well marked trekkings and obviously with some referenced summits?
Some years ago I had been in Preikestolen, I think it is an interesting area.
I also considering the telemark area near Notodden.
Thanks in advance for any suggestion
73 de iw2obx Roberto

Both those areas are nice, with many summits. If you are going for nice scenery I would absolutely recommend Rogaland (where Preikestolen is), which also has a lot more un-activated summits available. Telemark is also beautiful though, but with a very different scenery, and it can get very warm there in summer.

For track information you can check this post: Mapping resources for tourists where you can read about the services I use when hiking, and feel free to contact me if you have any specific trips in mind. It would be very nice to do a joint activation if you come here to Rogaland, I live about an hour from Preikestolen :wink:

73 de LB4FH / Kjetil


Hi Kjetil,
Thanks for the reply.
I’m looking for some points of interest, I am still undecided whether to drive along the coast or to travel the internal area for a few days,in any case I will arrive near Stavanger.
I’d really like to meet you for a trekking and activation together.

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How nice.
There are many nice places to visit in the center of Norway as well, so you can’t really go wrong.
Please send me a direct message if you decide to go close to here :slight_smile:


I confirm that I will be near Stavanger in August.
I’m looking for some 2 points summits, I’d like to reach an easy 4 points summit.
I will contact you in private for some advices
Many thanks Kjetil


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Brilliant, I will be home in August, but at work during days. I’m sure we can figure out a list of some nice places worth visiting for you :slight_smile:


Hi at All,
In two days I will in LA/RL region, could somebody tell me about traffic/cheasers in FM VHF/UHF bands?
In case there will not be more time or good wx during my hiking on the summits, I will opt for a fast activation with handheld FM.
however I will try to be as accurate as possible on sotawatch
many thanks/mange takk
de iw2obx

Hi, not sure about LA/RL, but in Oslo area which is much more densely inhabited VHF/UHF activity is very low. I got answers on SOTA top just couple of times and now even not bother me taking handheld, there is one ham here who activates mostly on VHF, but I guess he is first finding contacts on the repeaters and asks to QSY to simplex frequency. There are very few active SOTA chasers in LA and I think none in LA/RL area. Summing these I guess VHF/UHF activation is unlikely to be successful.

73 de LB8CG.

There are some chasers near Stavanger, and also some further in the east of the county, but generally I get very few contacts on VHF/UHF here. These do not chase SOTA actively, but are helpful with direct QSO’s if they hear you. Noone I know of use SOTAWatch in the area, so Facebook would be preferred (https://www.facebook.com/groups/119696404728653/ is the local HAM radio group).

If you notify in advance there will be more chance, and I’ll surely be able to bring a handheld to work to listen if you activate during day time. If in range, I’m sure Vlad, LB8IG would try to chase you. It would also be great to do a joint activation one day if you want to, I’m located in Sandnes, and get off work at 15 every day.

Locals generally use 145.500, 145.550 and 433.500 for direct FM calls here, but it would be very surprising if you managed to complete a summit on VHF/UHF in RL.

Many thanks Mikhail and Kjetil for the answers.
I will try to activate in FM if one or more of these variables don’t allow to use HF ( time, wx or YL).
To increase my chances I register on FB and I will try to announce my activation on group.
I’ll be pleased for an activation together! I will stay this week in Jorpeland and the next week in Stavanger…
Let’s stay in touch!
73 de DL/IW2OBX/P

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Have a safe journey up here :slight_smile:

You may also try the LA SOTA Facebook group, there are many there that want to chase you within Norway.

Thanks, very useful these groups!
After two succesful activations, DM/NS-163 04 August and OZ/OZ-001 05 August, along journey from Lecco in Italy to Hirtshal in Denmark, yesterday during the transfer by car from Kristiansand to Jorpeland we stopped to Feda, just parked the rain stopped, we tryed to hike Refstiheia LA/VA-095 from churck parking but at half way to the top, we came back cause we were running out of time. I saw that there is a short path from north site. I will try when come back to kristiansand.
This morning I activated Lauvasen LA/RL-044 wonderful places with well marked path, about 10km round trip.

15 qsos
2 in 40mt cw
2 in 40mt ssb
6 in 30mt cw
5 in 20mt cw
Thanks all cheasers

73 LA/IW2OBX/P Roberto