At the start of 2008, Scandinavia was conspicuous by its complete absence from the SOTA family. Now, just four months later, it is almost complete!
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Sweden will be joining SOTA with effect from 1st June 2008. This follows some comprehensive work by Chris SM5KRI and Eric SM1TDE to produce an excellent and interesting ARM and its associated summit list.
There are 293 Swedish summits listed, spread over nine Regions. Of course, geography cannot be overcome however hard we try, so that the vast majority of the summits are in the north and along the Norwegian border. There are, nevertheless, some interesting hills further south, notably in the beautiful Dalarnas län in the centre of the country.
Also of possible interest is the availability of an amateur station for rent by visitors - details at http://www.si9am.se - which could serve as a convenient base for SOTA climbs of the adjacent summits in Jämtland län.
Meanwhile, spare a thought for Eric SM1TDE who has put so much into the preparation of the Swedish ARM. As many of you will be aware, Eric is a keen SOTA chaser with over 600 points. However, living on the island of Götland, which has no SOTA-qualifying summits, he will find it difficult to become an activator even now that Sweden has joined the award programme.
Good luck to all Swedish activators and chasers. We hope it will be an exciting summer for SOTA in Scandinavia.
As always, there may be a short pause before the Swedish ARM appears on the website due to MT commitments, but do have a read once it has been uploaded, as it is full of interesting information.
73 de Les, G3VQO
obo SOTA Management Team