SOTANA, just may help

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.



SOTANA advertisement, courtesy Bob KØNR


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


About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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2 Responses to SOTANA, just may help

  1. Chris Warren says:

    I understand the appeal, Mike. I’ve been hamming for 35 years and I’ll never know how much money I’ve spent on this hobby. Funny though, I never get tired of it! At this point it’s more time than money for me. I’ve been doing this so long that I have all the equipment I need/want and no longer blow unholy amounts of disposable income on radio.

    • Mike Hohmann says:

      At this point it’s more time than money for me too Chris. But that’s just because it’s still a steep learning curve. Time is also a limiting factor due to competing demands for it. But that’s just life. I’m enjoying it and I’m lucky to have a couple of great Elmers/teachers for assistance when needed; it makes all the difference in the world. I’ve got some great hikes/backpacking trips coming up soon and they will include some radio work. Working on antenna options now, including portable dipoles and long wires in the short term. Considering a vertical for higher hf bands at home, and a mag. loop too. Also plan to install the Alpha-Delta DX-EE in the attic this fall. Everything is QRP oriented, but may bump that up a bit over the fall/winter. Probably won’t upgrade license ’till late summer or fall. The SOTANA ad cracked me up, so I had to include that. Thanks for stopping by, Chris.

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