My SOTA Companion Retires

My ever-reliable ‘hasn’t missed a beat in 5 years’ SOTA workhorse is retiring in the next two weeks.  😦    With 106,000 km on the dial and 5 years of SOTA travels under the bonnet, it’s time to say farewell to the 2012 Skoda 4×4 2-litre diesel Yeti.  Wow what a wonderful car the Skoda…

SOTA – VK Band Usage during 2017

Summary of SOTA activity in VK by Radio Frequency Band for 2017 Below is an extract of the SOTA database report showing the 2017 Top 10 All Mode VK SOTA activator results by radio frequency band.  Last year I published the 2016 results by the default report output ‘Activator Points’.   Rather than focus on…

Construction of a 23cm 1296 MHz Bi-Quad Antenna

I’m enjoying the challenge of 23cm 1296 MHz homebrew antenna construction for SOTA purposes.  My 23cm portable antenna collection includes: 12el DL6WU Yagi 12dB gain – lightweight boom construction using a folded dipole; 6el DL6WU Yagi 9 dB gain – ruggedised all brass construction gamma matched, ideal for the Australian scrub bash; and 2el HB9CV…