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 1

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 ...

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Garn (during Storm Desmond)

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Garn (during Storm Desmond)
This was the second day of my Storm Desmond SOTA activations in Mid-Wales (see Plynlimon and Drosgol activation reports) back in December 2015. Unfortunately the weather was looking even worse than the day before from the B&B! After a full English (or should that be Welsh?) breakfast I set off towards the summit of Pen Y Garn (GW/MW-004) ...

2m SOTA Summit to Summit Pileup Video 3

Filmed during a 2m VHF SOTA activation of Elidir Fawr (GW/NW-005) in the Snowdonia National Park. A flurry of Summit to summit (S2S) calls were received from fellow activators out on other SOTA summits. Captured using a head cam to give you a birdseye view of a SOTA activation. Time Call Band Mode Notes 12:02z ...

VHF SOTA Expedition in the Snowdonia National Park 6

VHF SOTA Expedition in the Snowdonia National Park
In April I finally finished a big project at work and had some time off to relax – the perfect break would be some walking in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Of course the first thing that usually happens when I start to relax is that I get a cold, annoyingly this happened ...

How to Undertake a SOTA Activation – Step by Step Guide 1

How to Undertake a SOTA Activation - Step by Step Guide
Recently I’ve been shooting a number of videos for YouTube outlining the kit I use for SOTA and now I’ve done one showing how I go about activating a SOTA summit.   It’s a step by step guide to carrying out a SOTA activation in the great outdoors. It covers the set-up, spotting, operating procedure ...

My Kit for SOTA & Portable Amateur Radio 4

My Kit for SOTA & Portable Amateur Radio
I’ve thought about doing a YouTube film (you can Subscribe to my channel here) of the kit I use for my SOTA and Portable amateur radio operations for some time now. Yesterday I finally got around to it and made the most of calm and sunny conditions (quite rare here in England!). The selected equipment ...

Batteries for Portable Amateur Radio Use 21

Batteries for Portable Amateur Radio Use
One very common question I get about portable Amateur Radio operation is what do I use as a battery? I have answered this question individually more times than I can mention so I thought I’d write it up as a post to help others. I’ve used everything from car batteries, Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (SLAB), ...