During 2016 I undertook a personal SOTA challenge to activate and qualify all SOTA peaks on 70 cm 432.200 MHz USB or 439.000 MHz FM. More on the results of my 70 cm challenge later.
For 2017 during which the predicted sunspot activity will be very low, I am setting myself a reasonable personal challenge. For 2017 my personal SOTA activator challenge, with one exception, is to activate and qualify each SOTA peak using my FT-817 or my HT at no more than 2.5 watts output on HF, VHF and UHF bands, SSB and FM modes. I may try lower power settings @ 0.5 or 1 watt output!
My challenge to the VK SOTA chaser group is will you match me and lower your home station power to lets say 5 watts output to the antenna? Take the 200 or 400 watt RF amplifier out of the circuit! 😉
Who’s in for a 2017 QRP challenge?
My exceptions to my personal QRP challenge are the SOTA S2S special event days where I will continue to use my FT-857D @ 40 watts. On these days I will aim to work 4 chasers at QRP 5 watts on HF/VHF or at 2 watts on UHF, the lowest power settings available. 🙂
I will report my progress with 2.5 watts or less through this blog. Lets see how I go with the prospect of low sunspot numbers?
73, Andrew VK1AD