My Four Years of SOTA or Four Years of taking small radios to Hill Tops

I always had an interest in small portable radio’s

During the early 80’s I obtained a photocopy of a 1972 QST article by Wes Heywood W7ZOI of his Mountaineer CW transceiver, this unit was a crystal locked transmitter with a tuneable DC receiver.


QST August 1972

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Mt Nelse, vk3/ve-004, 27th Dec 2013

This was a revisit to the first summit I activated, In November of last year I chose Mt Nelse as my first SOTA activation. That activation also coincided with the KRMNPA weekend in VK3.



My first activation was memorable in a few ways, I broke the top section of my squid pole, I spent two hours on the summit call CQ (in CW) to obtain my four contacts I also made a park to park contact with Wayne vk3wam/p at Point Nepean National Park.

Guyed Squid Pole

Guyed Squid Pole

This time, well, I didn’t break the pole although it was another very windy day, with the increased number of chasers it only took 25 minutes to get my four CW contacts. In total I made 10 contacts including two repeats after UTC Mid Night

Mt Nelse, vk3/ve-004, 17th Nov 2012

My first SOTA activation was to Mt Nelse, VK3 VE-004.

MT Nelse is located on the Bogong High Plains and is within the Alpine National Park. I picked the Keith Roget Memorial National Park Award (KRMNPA) activation weekend to go to Mt Nelse.

I was on site for about 2 Hours and worked 4 stations all on CW the best for the day was VK3WAM/p who was operating from the Point Nepean National Park. I used a KD1JV’s Mountain Top Radio (MTR) and an end feed half wave with the SOTA tuner from qrpkits,