We made 20m CW QSO on April 8th while you were activating W4V/BR-006. Thank you!
You wrote in your blog regarding your activation of W4V/LX-016 (Big House Mountain) that it was a failed activation because you didn’t manage to log 4 QSOs.
You need to know that not making those minimum 4 QSOs during that activation will NOT let you get the activator points of that summit, but in case you managed to make at least one single QSO, you can consider (so SOTA rules does) that summit activated by you. I hope that’s the case and you have already written your callsign as the first ever activator of that summit, which is something really nice despite not having qualified as to get your activator points.
As an activator, I’d give you an advice. If you want to increase your chances of activating successfully, don’t forget including in your backpack rig + antenna to be able to transmit on 20, 30, 40m band. In my opinion, any of these bands will give you many more chances to log 4 QSOs than any other bands.
Another advise. If you call CQ SOTA and you get no replies, don’t forget that you can also respond anybody CQing on the bands, have a QSO with them and those will count perfectly for the purpose of qualifying your activation. Again, having 20, 30, 40m bands with you increases the chances to find other hams CQing to whom you could respond and have a QSO with.
In addition to these 3 main bands, you can always carry and try whatever you might want to try, but 20, 30, 40m are, IMHO, the must ones.
Best 73 de Guru