SOTA is important to me! I love amateur radio and being outside. Of course I could have both without SOTA. But the program just has its own appeal.
I recently hit 5000 activator points and by the end of this month I’ll have hit 500 activated uniques… and 500 completes will be hit soon too. On this occasion I looked at the awards. OK - the next step then would be to double what I’ve achieved now. That’s a really big step.
I have to admit that at first I was shocked…shocked by the distance of the next target. But then I had to grin at myself.
Weren’t my personal goals always the driving force? Goals that are not even reflected in the award system.
It actually started with activating all possible summits in the neighborhood… later within an hour’s drive. Then the radii were pushed further. Holidays has been checked for SOTA compatibility. At some point my goal was to have activated all summits in my state DM/BW.
Of course there’s the outside appeal… and eventually I’ll have all the HB9 Lowland Summits activated as well. This takes me to areas that I would otherwise hardly have come to. And that’s also a beautiful thing.
It won’t be long before Paul @DL6FBK will have reached his goal and activated all DM summits. (a goal I can’t even imagine achieving at the moment - but maybe in a few years?) Let’s see what his goal will be then.
There is always a goal. That’s the nice thing - the hunt goes on! Trophies are on the shelf and are soon ignored.
And there are no awards for reaching personal goals anyway.