Planning a SOTA DXPedition on the Canary Islands 10

Planning a SOTA DXPedition on the Canary Islands
In January I’m lucky enough to be in-between job contracts and have the opportunity to spend 2.5 weeks on the Canary Islands (EA8) activating a total of 16 SOTA (Summits On the Air) peaks across Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera. The choice of the Canary Islands was no accident, it’s the nearest place ...

Did I Achieve My Amateur Radio Targets for 2014? 1

Did I Achieve My Amateur Radio Targets for 2014?
At the start of 2014 I set myself several Amateur Radio targets for the year, I did this because I’d spent most of 2013 getting through the amateur radio license exams and not really getting involved in the practical side of the hobby. When I set these targets they were made public via my Amateur ...

QRPp Experiments with 100mW SSB on 40m 7

QRPp Experiments with 100mW SSB on 40m
Yesterday I was up at the SOTA summit of Wendover Woods for a night time activation, despite the cold it was very interesting. I made 44 QSO’s in total including some very enjoyable rag chews. After finishing a QSO with Michael G0POT, Tony 2E0TSA/P was waiting. He was one of the few other people crazy ...

SOTA – Activating Devons Highest Point

SOTA - Activating Devons Highest Point
Last Friday me and the XYL drove down to Devon to visit my family and decided we would go for a walk on Dartmoor. Naturally the High Willhays made sense as it’s also a SOTA summit. In short the activation was nasty, visibility was poor and winds were very strong, by the time we got ...

Elecraft KX3 & SOTA Activation (G/CE-005) on 60m 4

Elecraft KX3 & SOTA Activation (G/CE-005) on 60m
Today I grabbed 1.5 hours to activate my local SOTA summit of Wendover Woods (G/CE-005). The day started out with heavy rain up until midday, but after this the sun came out and it was a lovely winters afternoon. Today I cheated and drove up almost to the road nearest the trig point. Parking Tip: ...

Operating GB3RS from Bletchley Park 1

Operating GB3RS from Bletchley Park
On Friday I was in Bletchley to pick up a new car in the morning and decided to drop into Bletchley Park on the way back, the home of the WWII Enigma Code Breakers and the birth place of computing. The RSGB have their National Radio Centre within the park, which is a great place ...

SOTA Activation of Leith Hill (G/SE-002)

SOTA Activation of Leith Hill (G/SE-002)
On Friday I took advantage of excellent weather for the last day of October and activated the SOTA summit of Leith Hill (G/SE-002) down in the Surrey Hills. I once again decided to make a ramble out of it and walked from the nearest train station in Holmwood. I followed this walk by the Saturday ...

SOTA Activation of Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006) 1

SOTA Activation of Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006)
On Friday night the station manager announced that she was intending to go running in the South Downs, with a running club in the Brighton area on Saturday, thinking quickly I recalled seeing some SOTA summits down that way. A few minutes later I’d checked and Ditchling Beacon (G/SE-006) was about a 1.5 hour walk ...

Preparing SOTA Logs on Mac OS X 2

Preparing SOTA Logs on Mac OS X
When i activated my first SOTA summit it took me some time to prepare my log for submission. I logged QSO’s using paper and pen, typed them into RUMlog when i got home (increasing the chance of mistakes), exported the log to CSV and then edited the CSV by hand to match the format expected ...

Wendover Woods – A Tale of Two SOTA Activation Locations

Wendover Woods - A Tale of Two SOTA Activation Locations
Last Friday i activated the SOTA summit of Wendover Woods for the second time, but this time from a different activation location than my previous activation. I chose to walk to the summit from the nearby village of Tring (easily reached by car and train from London Euston), I followed a walk from the Walking ...