Eleven years ago I stumbled across N6IZ on Mt. Shasta doing a weird “SOTA” activation thing - at least weird in the fact that I’d never heard of it before! I was immediately hooked and started “chasing” summits running my usual QRP levels (3-5 watts). In the last couple years my summit-chasing has slowed down to work and related business travel and other amateur radio pursuits, but I still enjoy SOTA as much as ever. Thanks to so many intrepid activators on 5163 summits, I just hit 30,000 chaser points - all with QRP. (QRP is another of my apparently incurable, and somewhat masochistic afflictions.)
Special thanks to WG0AT for his videos in the early years that really cultivated my growing SOTA fascination and motivated me to activate some summits of my own. Although this flat-lander has few opportunities to get to the mountains, SOTA has allowed my family and me to combine our shared love of hiking in the mountains with QRP activity! I sure would like to get MG, but that will probably have to wait until retirement.
It is amazing how much the SOTA activity has increased in the last eleven years, but it is great to hear some of the same folks on over all those years. I’ve really enjoyed “the ride” and fully intend to keep chasing and occasionally activating summits.