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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

2023 - A Record SOTA Year!

As you can see from the stats picture, I broke most of my "personal best" records in 2023.  If you don't count the uniques from my first full year, I bested that stat too.  Came in short on MTB miles because I hiked a couple of summits that had good MTB access.

In addition, here are some other personal best records in 2023 for me:

  • Most radiation absorbed, 200 centigray. 
  • Least blood spilled doing SOTA (so I must be figuring this out.  )
  • Most summits in a single UTC day, 5
  • Most bands used during an activation, 10
  • Most associations activated, 6
  • Most summit-to-summits, 560 for 2,731 pts
  • Most completes, 68
  • Most chasing, 839 for 3,243 pts
  • Broke through 3,000 activator points, making me 3x mountain goat.

None of this would have been possible without help from the SOTA community and the overlanding vehicle belonging to W6TED. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Presenting to PARC on August 2nd

 I'm looking forward to presenting to the Palomar Amateur Radio Club on August 2nd.

If you'd like to look at the presentation directly, go HERE.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

2022 - It's A Wrap

Well, 2022 is over and it’s time to do a quick recap of the year of “Summits On the Air” (SOTA), and compare year over year and look at the goals I set in 2022 and what I’ll do in 2023.  In short, 2022 was a record breaking year, a personal best in a couple of areas and a LOT OF FUN.

Much of this SOTA hobby is mostly about activity, taking an amateur radio, that maybe you built, to the top of a mountain, and get at-least four direct contacts (without aid of a repeater) and you get some “points”.  The higher the summit, the more points it’s worth.  The “points” are part of the made up / gamified part of this hobby, but I do enjoy tracking some other things that are more substantial.  

I track how many summits I’ve humped my 25 - 30 lb pack up to.  Sure, some are drive-ups, but most aren’t.  Some are very hard, some are a simple walk up hill.  I also keep track of the number of miles that I hiked (zero if it’s a drive-up), mountain biked, and free solo’d (zero).  I also track the amount of elevation gained for each hike.  For fun I’ve also been tracking how many “uniques” (first time I have ever done that summit), and “first activations” (first time anyone in SOTA hobby has done that summit). Note, if I do a summit more than once in a year, it doesn’t count for points.  I do a local summit near my house all the time to test my radio, new antennas, hiking gear etc.  I also do summits more than once if someone is visiting and they want a hiking buddy, or, just for fun. (Click on pictures for larger)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

W6 SOTACon, How I Manage My Logs Presentation

My presentation at SOTACon on SOTA contact logging and how I do it  is located HERE

I also did a more detailed writeup at if you are interested.