SOTA in VK7 Imminent!

Attended the REAST SOTA presentation last Wednesday night, and to my great excitement Justin (VK7TW) informed the group he’s been told by the SOTA organisers that most likely VK7 will go live 1st October 2014!! I can’t wait!!

So I spent the week-end scoping out and hiking up one of the local candidate peaks and making another antenna. On both accounts things didn’t go quite according to plan, but fingers crossed, the first week-end in October I’ll be hilltop activating something! 😉

And here’s a copy of the short write-up I did for the news:

Wednesday, 3rd September at the Queens Domain saw another interesting presentation by Justin (VK7TW), this time on SOTA – Summits On The Air.

The presentation started with the exciting news that SOTA is expected to go live in VK7 on the 1st of October 2014. In preparation for this Justin ran the group through the important aspects of SOTA. This included the rules and reference manual, the possible awards, along with the common frequencies and considerations when going summiting.

Of great interest, a preview and discussion was provided of the 695 candidate summits. This was followed by a discussion of some potential portable setups people may wish to consider, including a look at an FT-817ND, portable tuner and squid pole arrangement – not to mention the key concern of portable power.

Sources for additional information online were provided, including the Yahoo mailing list, SOTAwatch and the SOTA Australian FAQ by Andrew Davis (VK1DA/VK2UH).

Thanks go out to Justin, Peter (VK3PF) and the team for all the work of getting SOTA active in VK7 and following it up with an informative presentation.

Links are available on the text edition of the broadcast.

SOTA Australia FAQ – http://vkfaq.ampr.org/opersota.php

Mailing list – https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SOTA_Australia/info

SOTA Watch – http://www.sotawatch.org/

(73, Ian, VK7IS)

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