A Vertical Antenna for SOTA (a work in progress)

I have often thought of adding a vertical antenna to my SOTA kit for DX use.

This interest was re-kindled when I spotted this kit from Qrp Guys.

The kit also generated discussion on the SOTA Reflector here.

After some thought I settle on a vertical that would cover 15, 17 and 20m with 30m as a maybe.


Base of Antenna

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October 2017 trip to VK5

Two SOTA’s and a Park

St Mary Peak vk5/ne-001

St Mary Peak is the highest peak in the Flinders Ranges. It is also one of the few SOTA peaks in the Flinders that is accessible via marked walking track.


Summit Marker

Whilst it may only 14.6 Km return via the outside trail, it is still a fair walk with two steep sections which involve a bit of rock scrambling.

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Radios for Goats


I have used four different radios for my Parks and Summit activation’s.

By far the majority have been done with either of my two KD1JV rigs the MTR and ATS4. Both these rigs run on little power and their compact size makes them quite portable. Batteries are external and if required the ATU is also external. This does make set up a little more time consuming but does provide other advantages such as rig cannot be turn on by accident in the pack, and an external ATU allows the active part of the antenna to be placed a little bit further away from the operator.

ats and mtr

ATS4a and MTR 2 bander

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