The eleventh annual SOTA lunch will be held at the San Ramon Marriott, 2600 Bishop Road, San Ramon, CA, at noon on Saturday, October 21, 2023, during Pacificon. We will be on the South patio outside the Bishop Grill, the only restaurant, as before. Access to the patio can be had by going through the restaurant or by walking to the extreme South end of the side parking lot. There is a burger and hotdog stand just outside the front door leading into the lobby, and they recommend you buy something there before noon, when the line gets long. I’ll provide a few sandwiches for those who indicate at the time of RSVP that they are not into burgers and dogs. I’ll also arrange for beverages near the table. You must be a SOTA chaser or activator to attend, but you do not have to pay for Pacificon if you are not attending any forum presentations (Elecraft has two of those). Wear a name/call badge. As always, we expect to be joined by Elecraft co-founder N6KR with show & tell, and this year will include the premier unveiling of a major new product for field use.
On the forum schedule, N6KR, WA6HHQ, AB6D and AA6XA are addressing SOTA related topics. Here’s the line-up:
The hotel wants a head count. AA6XA, AB6D, AI6XG, KE6MT, KH2TJ, K6EL, K6KM, K6TOR, N6IZ, N6KR, N6NKT, W1EJ, W6JP, WC6J are coming. Who else??
Aye. The only thing you got right is the K. No X, no 4, no D. Other than that, you are spot on. Your guess at 5K for the base price is exactly ten times too much. Only a bit off, eh mate? If you are waiting for a KX4, you might not live long enough. Only one more hint… learn CW post haste.
Twenty-one of SOTA’s best had a really good time. Chasing from the table was done by K6EL and KE6MT, the latter using a new KH1 borrowed from Elecraft co-founder Wayne, N6KR, who gave an unveiling presentation just prior. We went around the table answering a question of the year, which was “what’s your biggest fail, activating?” Mostly forgetting equipment, broken cables, and weather. N6IZ started a new tradition when he bought special goat mugs, presenting the first one to new Goat K6KM at the end of the event (pic below)