I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my FT 857 so that I can get started with SOTA, but I had a rather general newbie question regarding precise summit locations.
Do activators use a GPS to ensure they are at the correct location to qualify, or are there markers in place? There are at least a few instances of several peaks being pretty close to each other, and I guess I want to head offf any confusion.
Some videos I’ve watched have shown markers, such a cross, equipment, or even a geocache site at the activation point. Is this common? Many of the peaks in this area are heavily forested, and I want to be certain I’m in the correct place.
I’ll be operating from W3 (Pennsylvania / USA) Susquehanna Valley and PA Dutch Country areas. I’m thankful that the local organization did all the work to get this started. It appears that not many people have given this a try, but it looks like a lot of fun. I hope to get our Boy Scout troop involved as soon as I get comfortable with the process.
Thanks for any comments and/or advice.