I collect notes on how to get started in SOTA here…
- I’m in a hurry. What do I have to do to activate a summit?
- For your first summit, pick out a summit that is near home, get out there and try to activate it. If it doesn’t go well, you haven’t invested a lot in it. Pay attention to what worked and what didn’t. You’ll learn a lot from your first attempt. Then, adjust your plan so that the next time goes better.
- What do I need to take to the summit? I’m planning to watch someone else activate.
- What do I need to take to the summit? I’m planning to activate the summit myself.
- A sample activation trip plan
- Propagation forecasts
- 4 Wheel Drive
- Rain or Snow
- Download USGS Topographic Maps
- Read the word-wide SOTA reflector
- Read and subscribe to the North American SOTA Mailing List
- In addition to reading current posts, go back and read a year’s worth of history, so you won’t appear to be a newbie when you post.
- If you’re in the Southeast:
- Patrick’s GPS Traces from his activations (Patrick is an awesome activator.)
- Forest Service road closures in GA - http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/conf/alerts-notices
- Winter bonus is 3 points on 8 and 10 point summits from December 01 through March 15 in Georgia.
- Major SOTA Web Sites:
- Can I activate the same hill twice? Yes. You can activate a hill for points once per calendar year. You can activate the hill a hundred times a week if you want – but you can’t get more points for it until the next calendar year.