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 ...

SOTA Activation of Oiz (EA2/BI-009) 2

SOTA Activation of Oiz (EA2/BI-009)
While staying in the Basque region of Northern Spain we decided to take a drive/walk into the mountains, this coincided with a visit to the SOTA summit of Oiz (pronounced Oith). This summit is just over 1000m ASL (we were staying at sea level, in the small fishing village of Mundaka) and is worth just 4 ...

SOTA on Lanzarote – 3 Summits in 1 Day 2

SOTA on Lanzarote - 3 Summits in 1 Day
During my visit to the Canary Islands back in January I spent some time on the volcanic island of Lanzarote. While here I activated all the possible SOTA summits. On one of these days I tackled 3 summits and here’s the report. Equipment for the day was my Elecraft KX3, SuperStick vertical antenna, iPad for ...

SOTA Activation in the Middle of a Lava Field (Señalo)

SOTA Activation in the Middle of a Lava Field (Señalo)
This SOTA activation demanded some dedication, Señalo (EA8/LA-011) is inconveniently located in the middle of a lava field about 3km from the nearest road on the island of Lanzarote. What, only 3km? Yep, the distance is no issue, but the terrain here is something else. Imagine a flowing river of lava that suddenly stopped and was ...

6m Antenna Options for Portable Use 11

6m Antenna Options for Portable Use
I’m a fan of the 6m band. It fascinates and frustrates me in equal measures, which is part of its appeal. It’s unpredictable, you can be working local stations within 50km of your QTH for some time and then all of a sudden a Portugese station will call you and they’re 59+40dB drowning out anything ...

Birthday SOTA Activation of Kinder Scout (G/SP-001) 2

Birthday SOTA Activation of Kinder Scout (G/SP-001)
Me and The YL went up to the Peak District to celebrate my birthday. Inevitably I ended up doing two activations on the Saturday (this one and Shining Tor), while mostly out for a nice long walk. I only took a 2m FM equipment, utilising my trusty Yaesu FT-270 with the SOTABeams MFD dipole, making ...

A Raid on 5 Welsh SOTA Summits in One Day

A Raid on 5 Welsh SOTA Summits in One Day
On Saturday 17th of October I drove from my home QTH in Hertfordshire to the south of Wales for some Summits On The Air fun. This year I’ve been to GW/SW quite a bit and have activated all the large summits in the Brecon Beacons. This trip was focused on the smaller 1 point summits ...

My First HF SSB Field Day 4

My First HF SSB Field Day
My local club C&DARS (Chesham & District Amateur Radio Society) recently took part in the RSGB HF SSB Field Day and worked a total of 434 stations in 33 DXCC’s across the 24 hours. Band conditions weren’t great but we did get Saudi Arabia (HZ1FI/P) in the log and heard some VK’s early morning on ...

One of the Best – SOTA Activation of Shining Tor 1

One of the Best - SOTA Activation of Shining Tor
This was my second and final summit of the day (15th August) in the Peak District after activating Kinder Scout (G/SP-001) earlier in the day. Me and the YL arrived at the Cat & Fiddle pub car park at about 7pm, with the intention of a short walk and activation on Shining Tor before grabbing ...