Welcome to getting outdoors and active with your Portable Ham Radio setup!!
SOTA is fully operational in nearly a hundred countries across the world. Each country has its own Association which defines the recognized SOTA summits within that Association. Each summit earns the activators and chasers a score which is related to the height of the summit. Certificates are available for various scores, leading to the prestigious "Mountain Goat" and "Shack Sloth" trophies. An Honor Roll for Activators and Chasers is maintained at the SOTA online database.
I am W6RIP and the Region Manager of the W6-SS Region (Southern Sierra Region).
Please ask question if something is not understood. We are here to help you get to a Mountain Top ASAP in great safe fashion.
A few topics that will be covered not only by me are:
Summits on the Air Rules and points.
Peak Planning: Sota website, peakbagger app, youtube videos, facebook hiker groups, Bob Burd website.
Navigation: GAIA, US TOPO, Google Maps for getting to the Trailhead, Map and Compass. Portable Battery Bank
Spotting the Summit Activation: Sotawatch on PC, Sotagoat app for Apple, Sota Spotter for Android, APRS to Sota, Garmin, SMS to Sota, RBN
Wilderness Protocol: Simplified
Water intake: how much to carry and plan resupply, natural springs and Filters
Calorie intake: how much
Coffee on the Trail: YUM
Hiking with your Dog: Obedience, Ticks, Snakes, Paws
Packs: Size, Osprey, Zpacks
Portable Radio Gear: Radio, Antennas, Batteries, cases, mic/headset,
Clothing: Materials, Shirts, Pants/Shorts, Cold Weather Layers like Merino Wool or Smart Wool
Footwear: Socks and Trail Runners vs Boots, Gaiters. leukotape
Trekking Poles: I like them. Saves the knees.
Camping Gear: Tents, Tarps, Bivys, Sleeping bags.
Outdoor Awareness: Bears, Cougars, Flash Floods.
Emergency gear: Mylar blanket or bivy, small first aid kit, fire kit
Letting one go in the woods.
Knowing when to call it off: you must know your skills.
I became obsessed with SOTA because of my love to camp and play portable radio. Every Sota Activation is like a active mini field day and it is absolutely amazing what QRP can do on a Mountain Top.
Jerry KG6HQD has some amazing videos that really got me started in SOTA. I learned some lessons real quick about hiking to Mountain Tops with radio gear.
A few quotes to remember.
There are old climber and there are bold climbers.
However, there are no old, bold climbers.
Buy once, cry once.
1lb on your feet is equal to 5lbs on your back
I attached links for early viewing of some of my SOTA Activations.
Welcome to my YouTube Channel. W6RIP Radio Adventures.
My first year of SOTA talk.
I am doing a giveaway to help motivate you to get portable outdoors with SOTA or POTA. Heil BM10 Ultralight Headset.
Jerry KG6HQD and I flew to Washington to activate 4 peaks. Two were virgin, inactivated SOTA peaks. 30 miles in 2 days.
Mt. Whitney SOTA Adventure.
Camping overnight on San Gorgonio SOTA Adventure.
Winter Storm SOTA Adventure during our recent awesome winter.