I’d been trying to figure out what summit I wanted to do this week that would push me over the 1,000 point mark. In Summits On The Air (SOTA), at 1000 you make “Mountain Goat”. It’s a cool award and a tough one to get. So my selection had to involve getting my goat on. Turner peak does require a bit of goat skill and it’s 8 points would push me over the 1000 I need to be “Mountain Goat”. In this post I’ll cover today’s summit but also the road to Mountain Goat, 1000 “activator points”. (click on image for larter)
I started doing SOTA on October 31st, 2017. I was a pretty new ham with a general license but my home station kinda sucked. It was really hard to get the home station performing well given that I didn’t have a lot of room for antenna wire and suburbia has a lot of radio frequency interference (RFI). I somehow stumbled upon “Summits on the Air”, a part of the ham radio hobby where you take a radio to the top of a mountain, get a minimum of 4 contacts with your radio and and log the points for the summit. These contacts have to be radio to radio so you can’t use repeaters.