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 ...

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. ...

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: ...

SOTA Activation of Guatisea (EA8/LA-008)

SOTA Activation of Guatisea (EA8/LA-008)
I made the short drive to the base of this summit from EA/LA-005 Montana Blanca and started the ascent. Now this was interesting because there’s no marked trails on my walking map or my Garmin GPS Unit! I took the approach of just heading straight up it where possible; the slopes are very steep so ...

SOTA Activation of Deseadas (EA8/LP-002) 3

SOTA Activation of Deseadas (EA8/LP-002)
This path was well marked but a 3 hour long steep climb, if one object could sum up the trail it would be pinecones, these littered the trail from the start and in places made walking a bit hazardous! Some key facts about the activation: Date: 14/01/15 Walking Time: 3 hours up (2.5 hours down) Band: ...

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015 10

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015
Last year I set myself some targets for what I wanted to do in Amateur Radio and found this to be a good way of focusing the mind in what is a very wide hobby. I blogged about my targets and more crucially reviewed them at the end of the year (see Did I Achieve ...
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