Summits on the Air (SOTA)
You will discover new places and come across beautiful scenery
with often a stunning view from the summit.
Other radio amateurs will be keen to make radio contact with you
and short wave listeners (SWL) can participate too, earning points. Apart
from the radio aspect you will discover new places and come across beautiful
scenery with often a stunning view from the summit.
So why not give it a try on your next holiday?
My holiday for 2011 is over, having spent just over 2 weeks
in Ireland hillwalking. I had been preparing this trip for about 3 months
setting out an itinerary, gathering information about various hills, ordering
OSI maps, checking out local access information, creating and printing out
check-lists, making ferry and guesthouse reservations, etc.
I had lined up 1 SOTA hill per day, with 1 or 2 alternative
locations in the same area so that I could plan the day depending on the
weather and access to the hill.
I took a lot of equipment including a 2m VHF and a 70cm UHF beam,
a 6m delta loop and a 40m wire antenna, two masts, an 4m transceiver, 3 12V
batteries, 2 automatic chargers, multiple sections of coax cable, an electrical
tool kit, a first aid kit, etc., as well as sets of clothing to keep you warm
and dry! My "fully loaded" rucksack came close to 20kg.
Due to poor weather conditions (10 out of 14 days: rain,
gales, unseasonally cold weather!) I was glad to 'activate' 1 SOTA hill per day,
returning to the guesthouse for a hot shower and letting my clothes
On many of the hills at Ireland's East Coast I was able to make
VHF/UHF contacts to Wales across the Irish Sea.
I was glad to meet up with Joe Ryan EI7GY, who is the Association
Manager for SOTA Ireland as well as being an experienced hill walker and walk
leader. We activated two of the Co. Wicklow hills together: Joe on
30/40m CW and myself on VHF/UHF FM. I very much enjoyed our time together
and I would like to thank Joe for his great hospitality.
I hope you will enjoy the photographs and comments of my 2011 SOTA
holiday, as (hill)walker, SOTA chaser, SWL or casual reader of these pages.
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