I’m just getting into SOTA – Summits on the Air. You hike up to the top of a summit with your ham radio gear, and then attempt to make as many contacts as possible for points. You can get points for “chasing” those “activators”, and you get points for activating a summit. This gives everyone a chance to get points, even if you can’t hike up a mountain. It’s not only a physical challenge, but it tests how well you can operate your gear using minimal power. Transmission power is limited by how much battery power you can carry to the summit. For example my 12V battery weighs about 4 pounds, and can give me about 20 Watts of power max for a couple hours. I’ve activated two summits so far – both new trails to me. The Siouxon Peak summit in the video above has the most amazing views of the Cascade volcanoes. This new hobby allows me to mix my passions in a unique and fun way. Look forward to more activations in the future.
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