Being pretty new to SOTA land, I have a question. I assume that chasers who use Web SDR to hear an activator, but use their home stations to talk to a activator don’t count as a legitimate contact for either the activator or the chaser because they are using a remote base to receive.
Interesting. Thanks for all the replies. …and thanks Geoff for the flowers. SOTA combines two of my favorite things to do - radio and mountaineering.
The question on my part is academic inasmuch as I had one legitimate two-way contact on Mt. Hooper (W6/SS-140) and two others where they could only hear me through WebSDR, but were 59 from their home stations to me on the summit. Still not enough to claim the 10 points (3 contacts) but enough to activate the summit for the first time in either case.
I’ll include the two additional contacts in my log and watch out for any rule changes.
You were a big reason I discovered SOTA. I saw your post on the Elecraft reflector a year or so ago and then heard you on Mt. Williamson in the San Gabriel Mountains. You sounded like you were having so much fun I thought to myself “I want to do that!” You posted a pic from Mt. Starr - a peak I’d climbed twice back in the day, so I started squirreling away my ducats for a KX2.
Yes, Hooper was part of a 4 night/5 day backpack trip on the John Muir trail. We just completed another 4 day/3 night segment that included climbing Half Dome. However I neglected to bring a BNC cable and did not activate that venerable icon of the Sierra Nevada. I still had a blast and learned a lesson in the process.
73 Eric KG6MZS
The back side of Half Dome at sunrise the day after we climbed it. The cables go up that diagonal white line off the sub-dome on the right:
I’ve always liked Williamson but sadly its now a charred mess due to the Bobcat fire last year.
Mark (@M0NOM) asked on a separate thread about favorite peaks near our homes. Williamson is one of mine but I don’t really have any good snaps to show its charm. I like the views up and down the San Gabriels and then into the Mojave. I remember seeing Telescope in Death Valley from Williamson and marveling at the clarity of the air and also remembering Telescope as a rough ascent.