Category Archives: Equipment

160 m SOTA activity day 2018

Several weeks ago, a number of regular SOTA activators started discussing options for what has become an annual event: a SOTA activation event held close to 1 April, with a couple of activities to be considered: AM mode and/or 160 … Continue reading

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A trip to Bacchus Marsh

Mid-week I remembered to browse the adverts on vkclassifieds. You never know what might come up. This day, I spotted a microphone – the Icom IC HM-103. This microphone is the one that came standard with the IC-706MkIIG. I have … Continue reading

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A lightweight Yagi for 2 m

SOTA: HF or elsewhere? 40 m activity dominated the first 18 months of SOTA in VK (and continues to be the dominant band). But what about other bands? This is a 2-edged sword: The Activator needs Chasers to gain points … Continue reading

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A lightweight Link Dipole

My initial portable antenna built for SOTA was a copy of the Link Dipole described by Peter VK3ZPF on his blog. For those first few activations, I carried the link dipole with 80/40/20/15/10 capabilities, plus a 10 m squid pole … Continue reading

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