I’ve long time wanted to write some lines to highlight and deeply thank to the HB9 hams for their great contribution to the whole SOTA fun in Europe.
There are many, many days with 80% or more of my chasing points coming from HB9 activators. Of course they are blessed with being placed right in the middle of the Alps, but it’s brilliant that there are so many hams activating so many summits on a very regular basis.
I wonder what percentage of the total chaser points collected by the chasers have been provided by HB9 activators… @MM0FMF
Also, when activating, there’s always a good number of avid chasers in HB9, let alone the HB9 activators calling in for S2S.
Anyway, I just wanted to make public my gratefulness and recognition
When I was first starting with CW activations I was often called by Jürg HB9BIN, he was always really patient with me as I struggled away at 10wpm.
In the last ten years my CW confidence has grown so I can at least function to some degree, although I’ll never be a CW master. I think HB9 must surely be my top chased association, many of those contacts being S2S, where I’m not actually the one doing the chasing.
You could even further analyse to how much HB9 callsigns all those HB9 activations can be credited:
My guess about 5 to 10 who make out the majority of activations in HB9
OE? they have a comparatible amount of mountains but less activations?
Thanks for your kind words. It is easier to do so if you have a great collection of summits, a well compartimented home country with close summits everywhere and a good community of activators keeping the engine running - here or abroad, from here or to you all. Finally this bundle touches the ways of making or keeping you happy. SOTA is great for that!
Thank you for your kind words. It’s true: We are better in SOTA than in soccer hi!
Last year HB9SOTA started a project to find SOTA summits in HBFF parks. When we started this project, we found 266 SOTA summits in 23 parks. Now we have 394 SOTA summits in 100 HBFF parks. We are in the process for applying another 50 parks and simplifying the rules for HBFF. One can find these Summits and HBFF here Gipfel in HBFF-Gebieten – HB9SOTA . So still something new from HB9, but simply on the other side of the garden fence.