Summits On The Air, aka SOTA, has been growing in popularity among the amateur radio community in recent years, and I’ve had several posts here in recent months that deal with low-power radio and SOTA. See the recent article by Bob, KØNR, posted on his blog –The KØNR Radio Site, describing a recent SOTA ‘activation.’
As described, Bob and Alice ‘activated’ the summit by broadcasting/transmitting from the summit to followers below who were ‘chasing’ them (actually their radio signal), and then exchanging some basic information in the process (call sign, location, signal report, power being used, etc.) Some SOTA climbs/activations are relatively simple like this one, others require a bit more climbing and hiking. In the end, all SOTA activity is fun and challenging -mentally and physically, and some even say it’s ‘addictive.’
Many of my long time hiking and backpacking friends are not involved with amateur radio, and are somewhat puzzled with my new interest and involvement as a Ham Radio operator. I’ve gone from miles-hiked per hr. to radio-miles traveled per watt! They know I love backpacking in the high country, and I know they would like this SOTA action if they only gave it a try. But I have to admit, sometimes I do wonder about my new-found interest/hobby, and the time and money it consumes. Recently a friend told me about a new product he thought I should check out –SOTANA.
It sure sounds interesting. And there’s no warnings about associated blurred vision, headaches, diarrhea or constipation –Hmm! …just may help! Good for the body and soul!
Ya’all have fun in Dayton/Xenia! [The Annual Hamfest with new product announcements, classroom sessions and a big amateur radio gathering -for you non-radio folks reading 😉 ]
73, de Mike, KEØGZT