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I monitor 146.520 and DMR SOTA (973), track me on the trail HERE or APRS.
A group of hams, including myself, had been planning this for a while. The idea is to get as many of us on a summit as possible to enable a whole bunch of summit-to-summit contacts and have fun. As word got out, a lot of other SOTA operators took advantage of this as well. A group up in Oregon and Washington were on the air and a Colorado group called the 14’ers had scheduled to have an event of their own on the same day.
If you want more info on the event, checkout socalsota.com. That will bring you to a mailing list site that we use to communicate. The group also hosts a zoom meeting ever two weeks. It's a great bunch of hams, some new at SOTA and some that have been doing it for a long time.
POTA is similar to “Summits On The Air” (SOTA) in that it’s a sort-of gamified outdoor activity where you take your ham radio and make contacts from station to station (no repeaters). SOTA has summits, POTA has parks. The listing of parks contains state and national parks. I’m not positive but I don’t think you get anything other than a “point” for each park. I still have some work to do to fully understand their scheme regarding award levels etc. Maybe they should have something like “park bear”, “park lion”, etc. LOL.