SOTA Activation of Montaña Blanca (EA8/LA-005)

SOTA Activation of Montaña Blanca (EA8/LA-005)
After arriving at Lanzarote airport and hiring a car, I made a beeline for this summit. I arrived pretty quickly from the airport (15 minute drive) and parked near a farm at the base of the summit. The summit gets its name due to its white rock which is quite unusual on this volcanic island, where most ...

Siberian SOTA Activation of Walbury Hill

Siberian SOTA Activation of Walbury Hill
On the 14th of March me, Michael (G0POT) and Marty (taking his M6 soon) met-up for an activation of Walbury Hill (G/SE-001). The country was still very much in the grips of Winter with a cold Siberian weather system pushing down from the North, not perfect for a SOTA activation! We met-up for a spot ...

SOTA Activation of Sugar Loaf Mountain (GW/SW-011) 4

SOTA Activation of Sugar Loaf Mountain (GW/SW-011)
On Saturday 7th of March I managed to grab a quick SOTA activation of Sugar Loaf Mountain (596m ASL – GW/SW-011) during a 20km walk in the Welsh hills with my wife. It was her birthday weekend so SOTA was definitely not the focus and she was gracious to let me activate this hill as ...

Activating a SOTA Military Base (EA8/LA-001) 1

Activating a SOTA Military Base (EA8/LA-001)
Peñas del Chache (EA8/LA-001) was my second summit of the day (7th Jan 2015) and I headed up here after lunch at a nearby village on the island of Lanzarotte. The drive up is scenic and involves lots of switchbacks up out of the valley. On arrival the clouds had gathered and with the wind ...

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)
On Tuesday night I took part in another RSGB 6m UKAC contest, this being my 3rd 6m contest and is part of my 2015 amateur radio target of using VHF more. Having just started a new job I didn’t have any time to prepare myself for the contest and as has become the custom in ...

1 Watt SSB SOTA Activation of EA8/LP-001

1 Watt SSB SOTA Activation of EA8/LP-001
Roque de Los Muchachos (EA8/LP-001) translates as “Rock of the Boys”, named after the figure like rocks at the summit. This summit is a tourist hotspot due to the largest space observatory in the Northern hemisphere, it’s also the only summit on La Palma that you can almost drive directly to the summit without hiking ...

SOTA Activation in the Snow (Stiperstones – G/WB-003)

SOTA Activation in the Snow (Stiperstones - G/WB-003)
As part of mine and Michael (G0POT) 5 summit challenge on the 23rd February we activated Stiperstones (G/WB-003 – Also WAB Trigpoint TP6185). This summit was our second of the day and we arrived at the snow dusted summit at 9am. The walk up from the car park was quick and uneventful taking about 20 ...

Death Defying SOTA Activation of Guajara (EA8/TF-002)

Death Defying SOTA Activation of Guajara (EA8/TF-002)
On the 18th of January I activated Tenerife’s second SOTA summit of Guajara (EA8/TF-002, 10 points + 3 winter bonus points) which is 2,715m above sea level. This is quite a height difference when you start from sea level! The drive up, from my hotel near Los Cristianos, was beautiful and obviously all up hill. ...

RSGB UKAC 6m Contest 27-Jan-15

RSGB UKAC 6m Contest 27-Jan-15
As part of My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015 I vowed to make more use of the VHF bands, to this end I entered the RSGB UKAC 6m contest yesterday evening. I entered into the AL – Low Power section (limited to 10w) as I like QRP and am a sucker for punishment. I took ...

SOTA Activation of Pico Bejenado (EA8/LP-003) 10

SOTA Activation of Pico Bejenado (EA8/LP-003)
This was to be my third and final activation on La Palma and with this being the third 10 pointer in the last three days my legs were a little sore! Some key facts about the activation: Date 15/01/15 Walking Time: 2.5 hours up Band: 20m, 17m, 15m & 10m QSOs: 105! Points: 10+3 Height: ...