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 try to visit once a year. I need to gain permission from land owners every time I visit a summit on the list. 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 Rigs 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 which also tunes my 53 footer easily. I have added an FT 817 to my stable of SOTA rigs which is fun to operate and does a great job with the SOTA beams 20/40 m link dipole with clip on extensions for 3.680 mhz.
Well on 25th of May 2019 I finally qualified with 1000 activating points to make Mountain Goat.
In order to reach that score I had to visit 263 summits with a average of 3.8 points per activation.
My first summit was Mt Horrocks 01/10/2012 and as I came close to 1000 points it was fitting to finish off with Mt Horrocks as my Award Summit 6.5 years later. It was a coincidence that by the end I only needed 2 points to make Mountain Goat so good old vk5/se-012 was the summit. Among the local chasers we agreed to make Nev VK5WG qso number 4 as my qualifying score in honor of the contribution he has put into chasing SOTA activators. Nev is one of my most reliable and determined chaser during my time activating to this point, I recon it would be only a couple times that i have gone out activating and not work Nev it was always hard to leave the summit without Nev in my log. Dale VK5LD and John VK5MJC were logged on my first activation and also the Qualifying activation. Last but never least I thank all the land owners for access to their properties so I could take part in SOTA, thanks again.
vk5cz / MG ..
|Number||Summit Name||Hike Distance||Date of First
|1||VK5/SE-012 (Mt Horrocks)||5 KM||01/Oct/2012|
|2||VK5/SE-008 (Lagoon Hill)||4 KM||07/Oct/2012|
|3||VK5/SE-014 (Illawarra Hill)||Drive Up||20/Oct/2012|
|4||VK5/SE-007 (New Campbell Hill)||7 KM||27/Oct/2012|
|5||VK5/SE-013 (Mt Gawler)||Drive Up||29/Jan/2013|
|6||VK5/SE-015 (Bumbunga Hill)||Drive Up||01/Feb/2013|
|7||VK5/SE-017 (South Hummocks)||Drive Up||09/Mar/2013|
|8||VK5/SE-010 (Tothill Range)||4 KM||31/Mar/2013|
|9||VK5/NE-010 (Mt Remarkable)||12 KM||16/Apr/2013|
|10||VK5/SE-001 (Mt Bryan)||5 KM||27/Apr/2013|
|11||VK5/SE-002 (Mt Cone)||Drive Up||19/May/2013|
|12||VK5/SE-009 (VK5/SE-009)||4 KM||19/May/2013|
|13||VK5/SE-004 (Brown Hill Range)||1 KM||14/Jun/2013|
|14||VK5/NE-058 (Mt Nadjuri)||3 KM||15/Jun/2013|
|15||VK5/NE-055 (The Battery)||11 KM||29/Jun/2013|
|16||VK5/NE-065 (The Bluff)||8 KM||07/Jul/2013|
|17||VK5/SE-003 (Hallett Hill)||1 KM||27/Jul/2013|
|18||VK5/SE-006 (VK5/SE-006)||Drive Up||28/Jul/2013|
|19||VK5/NE-050 (Stokes Hill)||Drive Up||10/Aug/2013|
|20||VK5/NE-068 (Oladdie Hills)||5 KM||10/Aug/2013|
|21||VK5/NE-051 (Hogshead Hill)||4 KM||11/Aug/2013|
|22||VK5/NE-049 (Maurice Hill)||1 KM||11/Aug/2013|
|23||VK5/NE-041 (VK5/NE-041)||12 KM||20/Aug/2013|
|24||VK5/NE-014 (Mt Brown)||12 KM||21/Aug/2013|
|25||VK5/NE-089 (Richmond Hill)||5 KM||08/Nov/2013|
|26||VK5/NE-080 (The Devils Peak)||5 KM||09/Nov/2013|
|27||VK5/NE-107 (Pualco Range)||4 KM||17/May/2014|
|28||VK5/NE-047 (Mt Jay South)||Drive uP||18/Jun/2014|
|29||VK5/NE-066 (Waite Hill)||6 KM||26/Jul/2014|
|30||VK5/NE-028 (The Dutchmans Stern)||13 KM||26/Aug/2014|
|31||VK5/NE-102 (Waroonee Hill)||6 KM||27/Sep/2014|
|32||VK5/NE-104 (Karkala Ridge)||4 KM||27/Sep/2014|
|33||VK5/NE-071 (Oulnina Hill)||2 KM||28/Sep/2014|
|34||VK5/NE-088 (Coomaroo Hill)||5 KM||11/Oct/2014|
|35||VK5/NE-034 (Mount Arden)||Drive uP||28/Oct/2014|
|36||VK5/SE-016 (Black Bullock Hill)||Drive Up||21/Nov/2014|
|37||VK5/SE-005 (Mt Lofty)||Drive uP||22/Nov/2014|
|38||VK5/NE-095 (VK5/NE-095)||5 KM||17/May/2015|
|39||VK5/NE-069 (Eke Hill)||6 KM||27/Jun/2015|
|40||VK5/NE-043 (Marchant Hill)||10 KM||27/Jun/2015|
|41||VK5/NE-035 (Black Rock)||2 KM||28/Jun/2015|
|42||VK5/NE-048 (Depot Hill)||4 KM||28/Jun/2015|
|43||VK5/NE-031 (VK5/NE-031)||6 KM||01/Aug/2015|
|44||VK5/NE-013 (Mt Plantagenet)||Drive Up||01/Aug/2015|
|45||VK5/NE-062 (Black Hill)||6 KM||02/Aug/2015|
|46||VK5/NE-081 (Nackara Hill)||6 KM||11/Sep/2015|
|47||VK2/RI-025 (Mount Flakney)||Drive Up||24/Oct/2015|
|48||VK5/NE-083 (Mount Benjamin)||5 KM||20/Aug/2016|
|49||VK5/NE-056 (Prince Hill)||8 KM||18/Nov/2016|
|50||VK5/NE-098 (Peaked Hill)||4 KM||19/Nov/2016|
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