Yesterday in a QSO with Richard, G0IBE/P on WB-005 (part of his Shropshire smash n grab) I reached my milestone of 5,000 Chaser points. This has elevated me to 50th slot in the UK Chaser Roll of Honour. Back in the beginning of 2013 I also reached 1,000 Uniques.
I just wanted to say a big thanks to the whole SOTA community for providing me with so much fun and pleasure since I joined SOTA in Oct 2010. Before that I focussed on chasing DX with 400W QRO to 3el monobanders. It has been both interesting and illuminating to see how much fun and pleasure can be had with QRP and very simple antennas. In fact I chase with exactly the same simple antennas that I use for activating albeit I use 100W to chase and only 5W on activations.
After a while in SOTA you tend to meet the same callsigns over and over and they become very familiar. Some of you that I chase on a regular basis feel like very good friends to me even though I have never met you. I prefer CW over SSB but it is good to put a voice to a CW fist. It was good to have a quick chat with Juerg, HB9BIN during his F/JU trip who I have worked many many times on CW.
So onwards to the next SOTA milestone, although not sure what I am aiming for next. Certainly I would like to do more activating. Goathood seems an impossibility, maybe when I have retired, perhaps!
73s Andrew, G4AFI