I was hoping for one in 1982. I got a ZX81. That was my dad’s “sense of humour”.
But fast forward from age 12 to age 50, and for Christmas week 2020, I set myself a little challenge of activating on every* band across the spectrum - well those that I do anyway*.
*I missed out 160m because my first /P attempts earlier in the year were unwieldy and not very good. Maybe in 2021 I’ll sort out some loading coils for my BH4.
*I don’t have 4m, or 23cm and up.
25 December 2020: The Cloud G/SP-015 - 80m, 40m, 2m
25 December 2020: Gun G/SP-013 - 2m
26 December 2020: The Cloud G/SP-015 - 30m, 2m
27 December 2020: The Cloud G/SP-015 - 60m, 2m
28 December 2020: The Cloud G/SP-015 - 20m, 2m
29 December 2020: Shining Tor G/SP-004 - 2m, 12m
29 December 2020: The Cloud G/SP-015 - 2m, 6m
30 December 2020: The Cloud G/SP-015 - 15m, 12m, 10m, 2m, 70cm
31 December 2020: The Cloud G/SP-015 - 2m, 17m
80m FT8: 14
80m CW: 8
80m SSB: 1
60m CW: 4
60m FT8: 6
60m SSB: 1
40m CW: 23
40m SSB: 6
40m FT4: 18
30m CW: 23
30m FT8: 8
20m FT4: 15
17m CW: 2
17m FT8: 10
15m FT8: 8
12m FT8: 3
12m SSB: 3
10m FT8: 5
10m SSB: 2
10m FM: 2
6m FT8: 12
2m FM: 39
2m C4FM: 2
2m FT8: 18
70cm FM: 2
Many thanks to everyone that worked me over the Christmas week. I really enjoyed it.
Today’s activation brought my total to 536 SOTA activations in the year 2020. That’s the most I’ve done in a year, but it could have been more without a back injury, contracting Covid-19, and of course the first lockdown.
I’ve visited 117 unique summits during 2020 - so they haven’t all been on The Cloud G/SP-015 - although they probably will be for the foreseeable future!
Regions activated in during the year:
G/CE (all summits activated in 2020)
G/SP (all summits activated in 2020)
G/WB (all summits activated in 2020)
That’s 3405 activations done since I started SOTA over 18 years ago. I’m bored of them now though, so I’m going to wait until next year before I do activation number 3406.
Happy New Year to everyone in SOTA!