Sunday, 5 November 2017

Coming Soon........

Over the past few months a renewed push has been taking place to try to get Summits on the Air (SOTA) finally operating here in VE3 land.   This quest was started over seven years ago by Martin, VA3SIE, but was sidelined due to technicalities.   Martin is now a regional manager in the VE2 SOTA association.

This past September the SOTA management team in the UK was contacted again and they have now decided that VE3 land no longer has the technical difficulties that we had back in 2010.

For those who do not know what SOTA is, it is a ham radio operating award program that was launched in the UK in 2002, and has now grown world-wide.

The aim of SOTA is to encourage licensed ham radio operators to operate temporarily from the summits of hills and other words get out of the shack, operate, and get some good and healthy exercise.

Now Ontario does not have a lot of true mountains, it is true that we have some high summits up in the north, but they are rather scarce in the southern part of the province.  To this end we have been told that we will be allowed to operate as a 100m prominence association, instead of the normal 150m prominence that they ask for.

Ontario will be split into four regions, corresponding to the current RAC Sections.  Thankfully we have already had volunteers step forward to manage the Greater Toronto and Ontario South regions.

More news will be posted as it happens.

1 comment:

  1. Bill, have fun with SOTA. I wish we had mountains in Indiana but it's very flat here. I look forward to reading about your SOTA adventures.

    72 de Mike W9ODX