Vk2 SOTA summit list submitted

The list of proposed summits for the vk2 call area has been submitted to the SOTA Management Team in the UK and we now await feedback and questions, followed soon after (hopefully) by approval for vk2 summits to be used for SOTA activations.

The summit count is about 1100. We had included a small number of summits in more than one region and a few are on the vk4 border so will have to be assigned to one state or the other.

I’m expecting the review and approval process to take a month or so but we won’t know until we get there.

In the meantime vk2 activators need to test their gear, get fit enough for the hills they intend to climb and register with sotawatch.org to be ready for a big kickoff day. I am hoping to get 20 vk2 activators on the air on day 1. Will you be one of them?

Six months of SOTA in vk1

The Summits on the Air (SOTA) programme has been operating in the vk1 call area, aka the Australian Capital Territory, since 1st February 2013.

In that time we have seen an increased interest in operating from hilltops, with some operators using simple equipment like VHF HTs to make local contacts. Others are setting up HF dipoles and verticals to operate on the 7, 14 and 24 MHz bands. HF antennas are typically supported by fibreglass poles which collapse to about 1m length.

To mark the semi-anniversary of SOTA in vk1, a multiple operator event is planned for Sunday 11th August from 9:15 local time onwards. Details are on Andrew Moseley’s blog at vk1nam.wordpress.com.