Summits on the Air is an International program which encourages Radio Amateurs to operate from the top of designated summits around the world. I am the current area manager for VK5 SOTA which became active in the SOTA program 01/10/2012. I got so much help from Wayne VK3WAM to map and record the summits for South Australia and prepare the Summit List and local ARM. Because SOTA is now active in vk5 there is not much for me to do but report problems to the MT in the UK.  I spend my time activating Summits On The Air and I have 50 Summits on my list to visit once a year. Recently Hugh VK5NHG has joined me activating summits and He has gained permission to access lots of the summits on our list. My kit includes a KX3  and Link Dipole, or an End Fed Random wire, 53 foot being my favourite end fed antenna with  9 feet of counterpoise wire . I have a You Kits HB-1B QRP 5 band CW only rig and the MT1 You Kits EFRW tuner . My high power rig is a FT 857 by Yaesu it weighs 3 kg and the battery I need to run high power is about 1 kg.

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Typical SOTA shack .

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We see some special views and countryside from Summits

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My vehicle for go anywhere places, Holden Colorado LX .

My Ute 2015 003

Rigs ic 706 for HF ic 2720 for VHF.

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You get to suffer butt rot in some amazing places, air cushion essential kit.

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Cheers Ian vk5cz ..

10 comments on “VK5CZ My SOTA Quest

  1. Nice QSO today Ian, and I’ll definitely be looking for you when I make my SOTA debut. It will be the first activation from Okinawa of any summit AFAIK. Steve JS6TMW

  2. Thomas Rapold says:

    Hello om Ian, very glad to meet you last sunday, 27.03.2016. We had a Summit to Summit QSO. I am surprised first contact in SOTA with Australia and this in S2S! CUAGN and good luck Thomas (TOM) / HB9CLT.

  3. vk5bje says:

    Hi Ian
    Those head phones look pretty good. I am looking for a pair (16 ohms impedance) for my MTR three band Mountain Topper which is on the way from the USA. I wonder what they are and how do you find them. There is no volume control with the Mountain Topper and the idea is if a signal is really loud you just move the headphones a bit away from the ears. I wonder whether they are really easy to slide about like that?

    John D

  4. kate says:

    G’day Ian, thanks for a great day on Saturday, very enjoyable and I hope there are lots more. I certainly don’t question your sanity, do sometimes question Hugh’s but thats another story, as I think any day out in that country is great and always interesting to hear from where other radio enthusiasts reply. Thanks for including me on your blog. Cheers Kate

    • vk5cz says:

      It was a good time for sure, I am just over half of a goat so bound to be more summits like 120 more activations to go for me then getting Hugh up to Goat will take more after that. This could go on for the rest of out lives.

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