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…

23cm yagi gamma match

Solid Brass 6el 23cm Yagi antenna for SOTA

VK1AD 23cm (1.296 GHz) 6el Yagi – Construction of a rugged solid brass DL6WU yagi ready for the SOTA backpack! My collection of 23cm SOTA antennas includes two DL6WU homebrew folded dipole yagis, 6 and 12 elements.  While both antennas offer excellent gain, their lightweight design means they are limited to summits with limited scrub bashing,…

VK1AD SOTA Activator Stats

There is a discussion thread at VK SOTA Yahoo looking at the noticeable reduction in VK SOTA activity.   The general consensus is the VK program has reached a mature state, however there is some thought the recent reduction in activity may be aligned to the Solar Minimum. I thought I would take a closer…