CT SOTA National Day, April 1st!

All radio amateurs are invited to participate in Portugal’s National SOTA Day, tomorrow April 1st, an event that is meant to both highlight and encourage participation on the Summits on The Air program.
The “party-on-the-air” is also meant to celebrate SOTA – Portugal´s sixth year in activity, started precisely on this day, in 2011.

Long time and current participants, as well as amateur radio clubs, are particularly encouraged to invite other amateur operator´s to tag along their planned activities in order to increase the program’s awareness.

Certificates (electronically sent) will be available to activators, chasers and SWL registered on SOTA´s Database and after the upload of their day´s logs.

No other rules apply other than the Summits on The Air own set of procedures.
This is not a contest, just another way of enjoying and celebrating SOTA´s unique pleasure of amateur radio activity.

All queries regarding Portugal´s National SOTA Day 2017 should be sent to his email (lookup QRZ.COM) or diasotaCT@gmail.com

The following station annouced their intentioon to activate one summit tomorrow, April 1st, to celebrate the CT National SOTA DAY (no special order)



Portugal (CT) National SOTA Day – 2016 April 1, Saturday

On 1st April 2017 we celebrate six years of SOTA program in Portugal. :heart_eyes:

So, we invite all amateur radio operators to take part in those celebrations named National SOTA Day 2017, which will take place on April 1, 2017 (Saturday).
The essence of the celebrations is to have multiple summit activations all over the country on this day.

Last year almost 50 activators in 21 SOTA summits produced 750+ QSOs (7 MHz to 1.3 GHz).
Despite the bad wx and propagation conditions Portuguese callsigns (CT/CS/CR/CU) in SOTA ref were in Portugal mainland , Azores and France.

The activity aims to promote the SOTA program and allow sensitize the amateur radio community for this kind of healthy and funny activity.

Although there are certificates to the participants (activators and chasers), the National SOAT Day – 2017, as well as the SOTA program, it’s not a contest.

It will be a “SOTA on-the-air party” and therefore all amateur radio operators are invited.
All Portuguese clubs were invited to join the activity.

All amateur radio operators who are Activators are specially invited and encouraged to bring other hams or prospective hams for activation, enabling others to experience a SOTA activation.

It is suggested that the activations should take place:
• From 09.00 and 18.30 (local time) on April 1, 2017;
• Using their own call sign (/ p);
• Using the simplest possible equipment (QRP in most cases, including portable radios V / UHF);
• In SOTA summits with the highest possible score:
• In the amateur’s radio operator area;
• In any CT/CU/CT3 summit.

The KISS concept (simplicity, simplicity, simplicity …) will be used throughout the activity:
The only rule is to comply with SOTA rules and having fun!

As explained before, there will be certificates to the participants who activate a summit (by SOTA rules) or have a QSO with one activator/summit on that day (chasers or SWL). Other than that, they should send photos or videos of their SOTA activity to CTsotaday@gmail.com

This will be a great opportunity to chasers abroad Portugal. :smiley:

Please feel free to ask any questions to the email.

In behalf of National SOTA day organization,

Vy 73
Pedro, CT1DBS

Some photos of last year

2016 Sherpa Award – VK1AD, Andrew

Well done Andrew, VK1AD
You deserve it! 🙂

73 de Pedro CT1DBS/CU3HF

Andrew’s blog is a large recipient of interesting stuff. (clik here to see his blog)

From SOTA Reflector

Every year, Richard G3CWI and SOTABEAMS sponsors an award for the person who has contributed most or assisted the SOTA MT the most in the previous year. This year, we had some strong candidates, but ultimately, the MT all agreed that this year’s recipient is the standout candidate and a worthy recipient of the award.

This person has been very active in helping develop and promote SOTA. He is well-known in his association for the efforts expended in taking new activators out, and for pushing the limits of his station. He acts as a de facto AM in many ways, helping produce the last summit update for his association. He takes a scientific approach to improving his odds of contacts, studying antennas and propagation conditions at different times of the day to different parts of the world. This year he has also run a challenge to qualify as many summits on 70cm as possible, driving more use of this band in his region, and his success at this, despite the remoteness of population centres is indicative of the skill he possesses. His efforts have led to promoting contacts across the world, bringing the SOTA community together, including being one of the people helping instigate the VK-EU S2S event, and now studying possible paths and times for a VK-NA event.

While some of these require people at the other end to help enable his actions, or are parts of group efforts, the SOTA MT feels that combined, this person has improved SOTA, built the community, and pushed that community to experiment and try new things.

This year’s award recipient is, of course, Andrew Moseley VK1AD.