SOTA        Summits On The Air

SOTA is an award scheme for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas.


I started SOTA in late 2015. It is a good and healthy activity making me moving from my comfortable radio shack. Combining sites seeing, mountain climbing and low power radio operation. Click on the above SOTA logo to get more information about this nice programme.

My SOTA activities in 2015:

29 SEPT 2015 F/AB-529 Camp des Allobroges (Petit Salève) 899 m.
This was my very first operation with Kurt HB9AFI who introduced me to the SOTA programme.

Station: Elecraft K2 portable transceiver + 12 meters long wire antenna.

On photos HB9AFI & HB9AMO
 

02 DEC 2015 F/AB-516 Cret de la Gouette 961 m.
41 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m. Nice place with an easy access.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

With the French Alps on the background

06 DEC 2015 F/AB-548 Le Boulet 720 m.
38 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.
Quiet place with 15 minutes walk on a forest trail, easy access.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

08 DEC 2015 F/AB-553 Le Mont 700 m.
49 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.
30 minutes easy walk from the gate on a good trail. Lot of trees at the top.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

10 DEC 2015 F/AB-540 Pointe de Bornachon 754 m.
61 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.
12 minutes easy walk from the Bornachon main road. The summit is in the forest.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

11 DEC 2015 F/AB-547 Mont de la Molière 720 m.
64 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.
20 minutes easy walk from the village. On the summit, plenty of trees and posts to tie mast and antenna.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.
Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

13 DEC 2015 F/AB-539 La Maladière 760 m.
55 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.

30 minutes walk from the Chateau d'Allinges main parking place.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

17 DEC 2015 F/AB-523 La Mandallaz 929 m.
43 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.

30 minutes walk from the road. At the begining on a forest trail, then no more track untill the summit.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.
Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.
 

20 DEC 2015 F/AB-525 La Tete de la Mandallaz 900 m.
39 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.

1h45 walk from La Balme de Sillingy cemetery car parking on a steep forest trail.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.
 

23 DEC 2015 F/AB-473 Le Signal des Voirons 1480 m.
44 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.

To reach the summit, 20 minutes walk from the "Monastère de Bethléem" car parking. Nice view to the Alps, the Jura mountains and Geneva region.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.
Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.
 

25 DEC 2015 HB/NE-006 Gros Cret 1276 m.
37 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m.

20 minutes easy walk from the parking.
Nice view to Jura mountains and La Chaux-de-Fonds city.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.
Antenna: 26 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.
 

27 DEC 2015 F/AB-521 Montagne des Princes 935 m.
29 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.

50 minutes walk to reach the summit. Nice view to the French Alps.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts 3.2 A/h battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 26 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.