Summits on the Air (SOTA) allows me to merge three of my passions, hiking, climbing and ham radio.
SOTA is an international organisation that encourages portable radio operation in mountainous areas. It caters not only for mountaineers but for all radio amateur operators or
short wave listeners alike through its award scheme.
Besides my standard hiking and climbing kit, my field radio related items include;
- Mast : 8m Fibre glass mast (Klaus Mast)
- Mast : 2.5 Telescoping Buddipole
- Ant 1 : Multi-band dipole (80, 40, 20, 10 m)
- Ant 2 : 2 m 3 Element Yagi
- Ant 3 : 70 cm 10 Element Yagi
- Ant 4 : G5RV (40 to 10m)
- Ant 5 : Buddipole Delux Kit with 8m mast
- 12V 7AH Sealed lead acid battery
- Solar charger with 10W panel
- 12V 4AH sealed lead acid battery
- Solar charger with 5W panel
For additional detail refer to the article on my SOTA Kit.