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Default [SDARC] Talk - SOTA (Summits On The Air) by Michael Sansom, G0POT

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Talk - SOTA (Summits On The Air) by Michael Sansom, G0POT

Posted: 05 Oct 2017 01:12 AM PDT

This Thursday, 5thÂ*October, we welcome Michael Sansom, G0POT to our club.

Michael is a keen SOTA operator and he will be giving us a presentation on
the subject as well as bringing along some associated items which he uses.

SOTA or Summits On The Air is an award scheme originally devised in 2002
and launched in the UK. Since then, the scheme has gone worldwide and has
thousands of operators across the globe who can partake by either working
the SOTA stations from home (Chasers) or taking to the hills and mountains
with a radio to ‘activate’ a summit (Activators). Of course, it is possible
to work towards both awards, with the main Chaser award being known as the
‘Shack Sloth’ for 1000 chaser points and the ultimate Activator award being
the ‘Mountain Goat’ for 1000 Activator points. Many other award
certificates are available before and after the 1000 point marks, making it
a great scheme to operate in. The rules can be quite complex, but Michael
will guide us through what can be achieved with the scheme.

Unfortunately, Wiltshire is fairly devoid of any qualifying summits, but we
do have several 1 pointers fairly close by such as Walbury Hill near
Hungerford and Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham. Each summit can only be
activated by an operator once a year though, so a ‘Mountain Goat’ might
take some time only doing 1 pointers!

So, please join us at Pinetrees from 7pm on Thursday 5thÂ*October to meet
Michael and see his SOTA presentation.



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