Just a heads up that I intend to be active in W1/W2 on Sunday, November 16, as per alerts already posted. The only caveat will be what time I wake up due to jet lag. Bad weather won’t stop me
Later in the week, maybe Thursday and Friday, depending on work, I hope to also be active in W4C (W4C/EM-058 likely), W4T (W4T/SU-022 likely) and probably W4V, with possibly more. Alerts will be posted as my itinerary clears up.
Hopefully I can work a new group of SOTA chasers as I activate my third continent!
No beam here but I’ll be listening for you on Sunday in any case in the hope of a first contact into my third continent in (hopefully) two associations, then I just need to keep an eye out for others from those associations in the future, to get the two summits that I need for Platinum Mountain Hunter.
With you adding the US to it and the involvement of several UK activators and myself from DL, this VK SOTA weekend is turning into a world-wide SOTA weekend!
I will be listening for you Andrew, but just a head’s up that the ARRL SSB sweepstakes are this weekend. If you have an antenna for the WARC bands, you might want to consider that for an escape from the contest activity.
Not quite a disaster, but close to it. A misspelled APN lost my data connection, so couldn’t spot, and ran out of time to do my W1 summit plans. Did work the Azores on 12m to activate the summit, but that was it. Couldn’t break the contest walls to get any others to qualify it. Two summits in two associations now with only one contact each.
Heading to Raleigh, NC tomorrow evening and will activate a few later in the week. I have to get four contacts at those, right? The SOTA gods cannot be that crazy.
I’m there for two days, pretty much in non-stop meetings, but I’ll drop you a private message and see if our schedules line up. I’m in Fayetteville St at the Marriot there (or will be when I arrive tonight at midnight )
Antenna snapped in high winds putting it up and so I had to keep it off the ground by draping over some signs at the first summit. Trief for a S2S with W4PH who I could hear 51. Didn’t make it, so the summit remained unactivated.
Struggled on 12m, which was the only band I could really manage. Even then it was hard to hear much and I gave up before hypothermia set in. Broken mast, somd broken links in the wind and one broken man
I have clearly annoyed the sota gods somehow. I will think about what I have done
Bad luck. I know very well the feeling you get when in a strange place you call but get no response and you can’t break a net. But as they say it’s got to get better as it can’t get worse.
I guess you didn’t have a roll of duct tape for that antenna. I still use a squid pole that split in the wind several years ago and was repaired with the indispensable tape.
I was seriously contemplating listening out for you - your alert indicated around my midnight. I checked WSPR and 10 m was clearly most likely to give an opening but more likely earlier and later than midnight. I was up very early for a meteor scatter sked and afterwards did hear stateside stations on 10 m around 8 AM local but they were weak. By 1030 PM I was very tired and as the prospect of a QSO was slim I retired to bed.
After breakfast I read your sad story of the failed activations. Dang. You are not alone in being a SOTA visitor to the US and failing to get the required QSOs. I’d be interested on your take on that.
To appease the SOTA gods I recommend:
Sacrifice a large rare steak grown on the Prairies.
Drown it with a couple of glasses of Californian red wine.
Get a good nights sleep.
And then get out and try again - but don’t forget the duct tape.