SOTA Activation & Wild Camping (Fan Brycheiniog GW/SW-003) 7

SOTA Activation & Wild Camping (Fan Brycheiniog GW/SW-003)
Fan Brycineog – Wow! This activation was a real experience! I arrived at the base of Fan Brycheiniog at 11pm after activating another 4 summits in the area on the same day (13th August). I carried a large rucksack with everything I would need for the night and my 35 litre rucksack with radio equipment. I ...

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2016 8

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2016
Well, it’s that time of year again when I cast my mind to the coming year and set some targets around my Amateur Radio hobby. I have done this during the last two years and also posted the outcomes (2014 and 2015) I find setting the targets helps to focus my enjoyment of the hobby and ...

Did I Achieve My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015? 1

Did I Achieve My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015?
It’s that time of year again when I assess how I got on with my Amateur Radio Targets that I set at the start of the year. I did this at the end of last year and found it good for recapping on my achievements and assessing my level of procrastination! It also actively spurs ...

Winter SOTA Activation of Drosgol (during Storm Desmond)

Winter SOTA Activation of Drosgol (during Storm Desmond)
Drosgol was my second Mid-Wales SOTA summit of the day. I had activated Plynlimon-Pen Pumlumon Fawr (GW/MW-001) earlier so I knew conditions were going to be wet, wild and darn windy! It took me about 10 minutes to drive around the Nant-y-Moch reservoir from my last activation parking spot. I arrived with the rain continuing to hammer down really ...

SOTA Activation of Plynlimon During Storm Desmond 1

SOTA Activation of Plynlimon During Storm Desmond
Have you ever activated a SOTA summit during a storm? No , me neither, until today! Turns out the storm even had a name, unknown to me then, Storm Desmond! I had a day’s annual leave to use up at work so I decided to visit Mid-Wales, booked some time ago so I didn’t really ...

Extreme QRPp SSB SOTA Activations using my Elecraft KX3 10

Extreme QRPp SSB SOTA Activations using my Elecraft KX3
One fateful day on the 10th of January 2015 I activated two SOTA summits on the island of Lanzarote (just off the north coast of Africa). The summits themselves weren’t overly special, being only worth 1 and 2 points… but band conditions that day were. Since I arrived on the island conditions had been pretty decent, ...

SOTA Activation of Pico Jano (EA1/CT-036)

SOTA Activation of Pico Jano (EA1/CT-036)
Pico Jano! What a lovely summit! It’s nestled on the outskirts of the Pico De Europa mountains and as a result you can see all three of the major massifs that make up this lovely mountain range. It qualifies for Summits On The Air (SOTA) and as a result was very much on my radar ...

Tough SOTA Activation of Wentwood (GW/SW-033) 1

Tough SOTA Activation of Wentwood (GW/SW-033)
This was a harder activation than I had anticipated. I chose to activate Wentwood (GW/SW-033) on my way home from the Brecon Beacons. I had done 4 major summits in the last two days so I was looking forward to an easy one pointer to round things off. Summit Details GW/SW-033 – Wentwood – 309m, 1 point Latitude: 51 38 39 N, Longitude: 2 51 9 W Grid Reference: ST 411943, QTH Locator: IO81NP Parking: Park in the car park (within activation zone – ...

SOTA-on-Sea (Ogoño EA2/BI-068) 1

SOTA-on-Sea (Ogoño EA2/BI-068)
On A lazy Sunday we decided to go to Playa Laga beach which was near our accommodation in the Basque sea-side village of Mundaka. The weather was glorious and I knew our restless nature would mean that in the mid-afternoon we’d want to do something else, not to worry, there’s Ogoño a SOTA summit located high ...

Activating a Virgin SOTA Summit (EA1/CT-021 Casanzo) 3

Activating a Virgin SOTA Summit (EA1/CT-021 Casanzo)
We spent a week in Northern Spain up in the Picos de Europa mountains, of course it would be sacrilege to not activate one or two of these magnificent peaks that rise up to over 2500m! The place is literally littered with SOTA summits and most of which are unactivated, but for a very good ...