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: ...

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: ...

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 ...

SOTA Activation and a Military Base – Serra de Foia (CT/AL-001)

SOTA Activation and a Military Base - Serra de Foia (CT/AL-001)
I recently went on holiday to the Algarve region of Portugal, while here i wanted to complete my 2014 objective of operating abroad, which is one of my new privileges as an M0. I also harbored ideas of activating a SOTA summit while in the region, this was very much secondary as i was with ...

SOTA Activation of Wendover Woods

SOTA Activation of Wendover Woods
I finally did it! I’ve had the idea of activating a SOTA summit for some time now, but like lots of ideas they sometimes take a while to come to fruition! This was one of my amateur radio targets for 2014 so i decided to bite the bullet and do it. I activated my first ...

Desk Stand for Elecraft KX3

Desk Stand for Elecraft KX3
I’ve had the Elecraft KX3 for a while now and the one accessory i needed (forgetting the long delayed 2m module) was a stand. I wanted a stand for more comfortable operation in both the shack and while out working portable. While here in England we’re in the depths of winter i usually start  thinking ...

Elecraft KX3 Portable Operation 3

Elecraft KX3 Portable Operation
I recently purchased and constructed the Elecraft KX3 Transceiver for portable operation. I specifically wanted this for SOTA (Summits on the Air) operation. I wanted to do a test run to make sure everything worked as expected, before i go and attempt to activate my first summit. The first test run was botched and saw me ...