Hopefully I’m doing this right! I’m going to attempt my first SOTA activation tomorrow while on a BackpackIng trip. I will be posting an alert shortly and then if all works well I’ll be camped on the mountain top and try an evening 40m call.
Good luck Derek. I see your qrv time is the same time as some VK’s so fingers crossed for a s2s although if you are going to camp out overnight, 40 meters through to VK & ZL at around 0500z might be worth a try.
But I see you’ve already done that (new UTC time 02:00 not 01:00 noted):
I suggest you go back in and edit the entry though - that should be 7.032-CW not a comma while not so important on alerts, it worth making sure when you spot yourself from the summit, that you get that right there as some chasers use programs that look for specific modes and the comma rather than dash might mess that up.
Apart from that, there is a whole list of equipment not to forget. Since you are planning on 40m, the antenna and something to support it, all connecting cables back to the rig, the battery, the morse key, the log book and pen (or smartphone or tablet with logging program). Then there is all the comfort and safety and food and water requirements…
In short there’s lots of possibilities to forget that one 3 cent part that is essential! If you still have time, before you leave take all the gear out in the garden at home, connect it all up and test it and then make sure EVERYTHING goes back into the rucksack.
I think I am more concerned about the SOTA rules and regs than the trip itself. The summit is congested with radio and TV towers so I may need to be on the Extreme edge of the Boundary. My rig is a QCX and I’ve got an EFHW antenna. Lots of tall Ponderosa trees to hang the antenna from.
As this is my first time, I want to be sure I Follow the rules. The mountains and trail are very familiar to me and I’m a confident backpacker. I will be hammock camping.
Especially becaase of busy summits or the fact someone has built something on top of the summit (TV station, microwave relay station, Church etc.) the rules state that if you activate within the Activation Zone (AZ) it is considered that you are on the summit.
The Activation Zone is anywhere within 25 vertical metres (about 80ft) of the actual peak. This area can be small or large depending upon the form of the actual peak of course.