2m SOTA Pile Up Video on Red Screes

2m SOTA Pile Up Video on Red Screes
While on holiday in the Lake District, I visited the SOTA summit of Red Screes (G/LD-017) for a 2m SSB contest. While there I also activated it for SOTA using 2m FM, here’s the resulting pile-up using 25 watts and a vertical Moxon:

2m Contesting from a SOTA Summit (Video) 3

2m Contesting from a SOTA Summit (Video)
While on holiday in the Lake District I decided to try a spot of VHF contesting from one of the many SOTA summmits in the area. I chose the SOTA summit of Red Screes (G/LD-017, 6 points) and operated in the RSGB 2m Backpackers contest. The video shows my experience and live QSOs:

Activating Mallorca’s Second Highest Mountain (with video) 7

Activating Mallorca's Second Highest Mountain (with video)
While on a hiking holiday recently I was able to activate a number of SOTA summits on the Balearic island of Mallorca (IOTA EU-004). I was there with my YL (Christina) and we had set our sights on Mallorca’s second highest mountain (Massanella – EA6/MA-002). All activations were secondary to the actual hiking, so no ...

Californian SOTA Activation – Mount Davidson (W6/NC-423) 1

Californian SOTA Activation - Mount Davidson (W6/NC-423)
Work recently took me back to California, and specifically to San Francisco, which I’d not visited before. Naturally enough I checked the nearby SOTA summits to see if I could sneak in an activation. Mount Davidson (W6/NC-423) seemed to fit the bill nicely, it’s easy to get to with public transport, not too much of ...

Activating Southern Britain’s Highest Mountain on Top Band (Pen Y Fan) 4

Activating Southern Britain's Highest Mountain on Top Band (Pen Y Fan)
Having activated Pen Y Fan (GW/SW-001 – 886m ASL – 8 points) four times previously, I was looking for something new to do. My wife was taking part in a Mountain Midnight Marathon again, which runs up southern Britains highest mountain (and then back down), so I’d have a few hours up at the summit ...

SOTA activation of England’s highest summit: Scafell Pike

SOTA activation of England's highest summit: Scafell Pike
While on holiday in the Lake District with the YL in July, I activated ten SOTA summits. The focus of these walks was not SOTA, but instead all day walking, so brevity and lightweight gear was the order of the day – 2m FM was the natural choice. We chose to do Scafell Pike (G/LD-001 ...

Activating Mount Washington – Highest Mountain in N.E USA

Activating Mount Washington - Highest Mountain in N.E USA
Each year I’m sent away to Boston, MA on a company conference, this year I decided to take the radio and activate some of the nearby (well nearish) SOTA summits. I’d planned with some likeminded colleagues to visit the White Mountains in New Hampshire, about 3 hours north of Boston. We’d arrive on Friday evening ...

5 Sussex SOTA Summits on a Summer’s Day 4

5 Sussex SOTA Summits on a Summer's Day
This string of 5 summits along the South Downs way in Sussex had been on my hit list for some time. I’d always consciously saved them for a nice summers day. Michael G0POT had activated this string of summits before and had given me a lot of his logistical planning – I’ve built on this ...

GoPro SOTA Video from Y Garn (GW/NW-004) 5

GoPro SOTA Video from Y Garn (GW/NW-004)
After my activation of Elidir Fawr (GW/NW-005) on the 11th of April I walked across the ridge to the neighbouring summit of Y Garn (GW/NW-004). This was to be another 2m FM activation, but I wasn’t complaining the VHF takeoff is phenomenal from these two locations. I recorded another activation video using the GoPro which says ...

Becoming a Half SOTA Goat – The First 500 Activator Points

Becoming a Half SOTA Goat - The First 500 Activator Points
Reaching 500 activator points was my target for 2017 and I’ve peaked early! The tipping point was an unexpected trip to Snowdonia in Wales in April, where I activated 11 summits for 75 points. This took me beyond 500 points but officially marked me reaching the half way point to becoming a full mountain goat (1000 ...