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 2016:

27 JAN 2016 F/JU-074 Montagne de Cury 685 m.
46 QSO on 40m, 30m, 20m.

This is the first activation of this summit. At the top there is a huge tower supporting a 400'000 volts power line. Therefore the station has been installed few meters away with the help of HB9DPZ. A 30 minutes walk is needed to reach the summit.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

27 JAN 2016 F/JU-082 Bois des Combelles 635 m.
41 QSO on 40m, 20m.

A 40 minutes walk along with HB9DPZ to reach the summit from Meuillat village.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

02 FEB 2016 F/AB-497 La Grande Combe 1297 m.
54 QSO on 40m and 20m.

A 50 minutes walk to reach the summit from La Covaz village.
With the participation of HB9DPZ

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

05 MAY 2016 F/JU-049 La Foret d'Avignon 918 m.
28 QSO on 40m, 30m and 20m.
30 minutes walk from the parking on a very good restricted road. Then 10 minutes walk in the deep forest to reach the summit.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with telescopic travel mast.

18 MAY 2016 F/AB-485 Le Grand Piton (Mont Salève) 1379 m.
41 QSO on 40m, 30m and 20m.
The summit is 10 minutes walk from the parking on a forest track.
Incredible view of the Mont-Blanc, the French alps, Jura mountains, Geneva city and its Lake.
Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 26 meters long wirewith 9:1 UnUn and telescopic travel mast.

27 MAY 2016 F/AB-435 Cret de Chatillon (Mont Semnoz) 1699 m.
44 QSO on 40m and 20m.

10 minutes easy walk from the restaurant's parking.
Nice view of the French Alps and the Annecy Lake.
Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with 9m telescopic travel mast.

10 JUNE 2016 F/JU-035 Le Charveyron 1080 m.
62 QSO on 40m, 30m and 20m.
The parking place is about 2 km north of Prémillieu village. From there is a 35 minutes difficult walk across the forest to reach the summit. Activity along with HB9DPZ.
Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts LiPo battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with 9m telescopic travel mast.

16 AUG 2016 HB/VD-044 La Tour de Grouze 924 m.
47 QSO on 40m, 30m and 20m.
The summit is only 3 minutes walk from the parking. There are wooden tables and benches around to setup the station. Incredible view to Lausanne city, the Geneva lake and the Alps.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with mini Palm paddle. 12 volts 7 A/h lead battery.
Antenna: 12 meters long wire with 9m telescopic travel mast.

24 AUG 2016 F/AB-469 Pointe des Brasses 1503 m.
36 QSO on 40m, 30m and 20m.

15 minutes walk from the restaurant Les Choucas parking. Fantastic view of the French Alps and Jura mountains.
Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with 9m telescopic travel mast.

11 SEP 2016 F/AB-487 Narmont 1367 m.
44 QSO on 40m, 30m and 20m.

Park your car in the 'La Cote' village, then a 45 minutes tough walk to reach the summit located in the forest. No nice view from there but a quiet place.
Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with 9m telescopic travel mast.

24 SEP 2016 F/VO-053 Bois des Vaches 420 m.
49 QSO on 40m, 30m and 20m.

The summit is located in large a public parc with wooden tables and benches. Lot of space for antennas. With HB9DPZ.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with 9m telescopic travel mast.

26 SEP 2016 ON/ON-004 Bois de Hazeille 586 m.
21 QSO on 40 meters

Along with HB9DPZ, only few minutes walk in the forest to reach the summit.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with 9m telescopic travel mast.

26 SEP 2016 LX/LX-002 Grengenwald 431 m.
51 QSO on 40m, 30m and 20m.

Is not allowed to go with your car inside the forest. Park your vehicle along the N11 road. Then about 20 minutes easy walk with HB9DPZ to reach the summit.

Station: Elecraft KX3 with 12 volts battery, mini Palm paddle.

Antenna: 12 meters long wire with 9m telescopic travel mast.