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A spot tells people that you have been “spotted on a summit”, and are on a frequency NOW. Chasers load either sotawatch or sotl.as in their browser and wait for activators to show up. Some, like me, also put your call-sign or region into Hamalert so they are notified as soon as you appear on sotawatch or RBN. More on that later.
Once on the summit, Jacob used his HT and quickly bagged 4 contacts. I setup my HF end-fed antenna and fired up the KX2 and landed 15 contacts and one with my HT. It was late in the afternoon so I didn’t get any summit-to-summit contacts but I still had a good time.
That’s it, nothing else to report.
It was perfect weather for the hike. Once on top, we scouted around for a way to make it to the very top. It would have been a pretty tight bushwhack with very little reward. Given that we were only about 50 feet from the top, we were still in the activation zone. We both fired up our HF radios and easily landed some contacts. I made a few FM contacts and we headed back. On the way down, we did see a few hikers. Given our early arrival, we had had the mountain to ourselves.