Standard of behaviour towards EU SOTA activators trying to work VK SOTA activators and chasers
At my QTH I have severe noise problems which often drown out the reception of distant EU SOTA activators. To overcome the noise problems I have decided to try out my local ‘hill’ known as Oakey Hill in the southern suburbs of Canberra. Oakey Hill is a part of a network of nature reserves known as the Canberra Nature Parks. The hill is within 1 km of my home and easy to access. Unfortunately it doesn’t qualify as a SOTA summit with only 80 metres of prominence.
Klaus DF2GN in Germany is planning an activation of DM/BW-228 Hummelsberg at 07:00 UTC or 5 pm local. Andrew VK1DA is planning to activate a local VK1 summit Black Mountain VK1/AC-042, while Nic VK3ANL is planning to activate Mt Porepunkah VK3/VE-098 in Victoria.
All three SOTA summits are of interest to me. If I can chase Nic on Mt Porepunkah it will be a ‘completed’ VK3 summit for me. Klaus is activating a 10 point DX summit in Germany, always keen to bag a 10 pointer and chase SOTA DX. Andrew VK1DA is a regular VK1 activator who will be looking for local support.
My equipment: Yaesu FT-817ND, LiPo 3S 2.2 Ah and an End Fed Half Wave antenna supported by a light-duty 5 metre squid pole at the Oakey Hill Trig.
I did chase Nic VK3ANL successfully on Mt Porepunkah for a ‘completed’ 6 point SOTA summit and listened to Andrew VK1DA chase Klaus on DM/BW-228. Later I checked in with Andrew on 7.090 MHz for the local 1 point Black Mountain summit.
Here is a video/sound clip of the SOTA contact with Klaus DF2GN/P. While the contact is successful, note the behaviour of the other two EU stations.