For my first ever SOTA activation (09/Jun/2013) I decided to activate the nearby Winter Hill. I walk this area regularly so I could concentrate 100% on radio without any route finding distraction.
I found myself a quiet spot just away from the trig point (and people) but within the activation zone and got comfy.
I was working on 2m with my trusty Wouxun handheld. Yes it’s cheap, yes it hates pager transmitter but it was about £70 delivered and it works. (note: I turned of the voice assistant about 10 seconds after it was delivered)
I put out a CQ and quickly got my first ever chaser. Having sat at home as a chaser I enjoy speaking to and activator who has time for a little exchange before moving on. I really do understand that this isn’t always possible when the weather, time, light and non radio walking partners are present. On this occasion I had none of those problems, in fact I was very comfortable, on the soft moorland, sat out of the wind soaking up the sun. I really could have fallen asleep there.
I was lucky enough to get two summit 2 summit’s in the log too GW8ADD/P on GW/NW-010 Moel Siabod and G4RQJ/P on G/NP-015 Great Knoutberry Hill.
Thanks again to the chasers without whom SOTA would be a lonely hobby.
SOTA photos are at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stewartculshaw/sets/72157634043503161/