SOTA Atlas

Do you remember those atlas that contained information about the world we lived in?

Manuel, HB9DQM, has just published a website named SOTLAS (Sota atlas) that contains important information for SOTA activators and chasers. 🙂

Take a look at

Well done Manuel!


Portuguese amateur radio clubs united against 2 meter French reallocation proposal

On Saturday, 6th, 17 Portuguese amateur radio clubs – including IARU and EURAO representatives – came together in the city of Santarém to devise a common course of action in response to the recent proposal to reallocate the amateur 2 meter band to the Aeronautical service that, if not opposed soon, will be on the table at the WRC2023.

The meeting took place at the headquarters of ARR, the local amateur radio club, who provided the space for the meeting and, for those who couldn’t be present, teleconference equipment.

At the end of the conference, the group agreed on a common strategy to follow and elected a representative body of five elements that will hand deliver a written statement, signed by all club representatives, next Monday, the 15th, to ANACOM, Portugal´s telecommunications regulatory body.

Earlier in the week, the regulator responded to several radio clubs and individual amateur radio operators that had sent letters urging the opposition to the French proposal to reallocate the 2 meter band to the aeronautical service know as PTA(19)090R1.

ANACOM´s amateur radio head officer wrote back, saying that it “made a note” of the objections and that was inviting “external entities” to attend a preparatory meeting of the team representing Portugal in WRC2023, that will take place next Monday, the 15th, at ANACOM´s headquarters, in downtown Lisbon.

On a public note distributed on Sunday afternoon, the attending clubs made their intentions public, noting that all “vehemently repudiate” the French proposal and urged the Portuguese government to oppose PTA(19)090R1 “on all instances, both at CEPT and ITU”.

Yesterday, the 9th, the representative body announced that three more clubs officially joined the petition, make 20 the number of amateur radio clubs that are signing the document.

OSCAR 100 aka QO 100 or Es’heilsat – Pedido à Anacom

A ANACOM acaba de me conceder autorização (20FEV2018) para operar no novo satélite geoestacionário do serviço de amador por satélite.
O meu pedido foi apenas para o transponder banda estreita (NB), porque não tenho interesse no transponder Wideband (TVA).

Aliás, a potência necessária para chegar ao transponder WB necessita de muita vontade, esforço e investimento do radioamador (100 W numa parábola de 2,4 m, e uma largura de banda de 3,33 MHz, ou seja, 1,33 x 2,5 MSymbols/sec).
E a TVA nunca foi do meu gosto!

Assim, partilho o pedido que fiz no site da ANACOM, na área reservada ao serviço de amador (área reservada e com login para cada radioamador).

Comece por entrar na sua área.

É preciso lembrar que o uplink do satélite está fora das bandas atribuídas ao serviço de amador (ver eQNAF).

Então, escolha a opção assinalada.

Agora comecemos a preencher os dados.

Quaisquer que sejam as datas de inicio e fim, devido ao facto de se tratar de uma estação fora das bandas de amador, a ANACOM apenas pode conceder autorização por 1 ano, no máximo, devido à legislação.

Nas condições técnicas adicionais, a emissão será “apontada” para cima.

Para calcular o valor da elevação, sugere-se a utilização do site SATLex, que pode ser encontrado aqui.

Depois escolhe-se o QTH ou indica-se outra localização (no meu caso escolhi a estação fixa principal).

E envia-se…

Agora é só aguardar que a ANACOM responda.

Entretanto, vá ouvindo QSOs no Qatar OSCAR 100 NB WebSDR e aguçando o apetite!… 🙂

73 do Pedro, CT1DBS / CU3HF

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

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

CU/SM-006 and CU/SM-008


When you are one week long taking photos in Canada and you forgot to charge the camera battery!….
I miss the camera because the view are amazing, in both summits.
My phone had no avaiable space for photos.

Next time I will tru to travel with 2 cameras…Or spare batteries…

Photo of this post was taken from somewhere in the net.

CU/SM-006, Agua Retorta

Hard to reach summit!
Wx started wet but turns in to sunny and dry.

First activation with the new KX-2. Wow! 🙂 🙂 🙂
It performs as a champion!

Outstanding views to mountain and ocean!

14 QSOs, 2 S2S. All 20m CW

Antenna: EFLW

CU/SM-008, Serra Gorda

Wx was ok but, as in WX in Azores, rain set in!
Nice views to north and side shore of the island. Ponta Delgada at my feet!

To reach the AZ, one should look deep into avaiable sources.

The first confrontation of the new KX2. KX-2 1- Rain 0! 🙂

16 QSOs. All 20m/CW. 8 QSOs with NA stations: 7W’s and 1 VE
Antenna: EFLW


CU/SM-008, Serra Gorda from the distance (photo taken from here)


CU/SM-009 Pico da Cruz – First activation

Before leaving Lisbon for work activity at S. Miguel Island, I decided activate CU/SM-009.
Nobody had activated this summit until this day, it’s near a big public forestry area

Today, April 23th I activate CU/SM-009, Pico da Cruz.

I went there, just after landing at Ponta Delgada Airport, S. Miguel Isl and make the check-in at the hotel.

The forestry park – Pinhal da Paz – is a well cared area and the pathways are in very well condition.
I parked the car at the park entrance and a sign pointed the way to go : Mirante

The weather improved since morning and waht was a forecast of rain showers became a nice 21 C with 85% humidity.

From the raincoat I ended up in t-shirt. Very nice!
I climbed the hill for 15 minutes until I had to plunge in the vegetation to find the “good” path to the summit. It’s not easy but just before the end of the pathway I found the access. There a fence with a sign forbidden to hunt but I pass under and there we go to the top, circumventing the hill.

It’s not simple but I manage to get there, taking 45 minutes to get into the AZ. The top is covered with vegetation and there no view!
I descend a little to take shelter from the wind and my shack is about to be ready.

First call on 40m. A single answer from João, CT7ABE with weak signals.
He is using 5 W from a KX-3 into a endfed antenna  in his QTH (Lisboa).

BTW: I’m using the MTR-3B with a trapped dipole on a 7m fishing pole. The batteries are 8 x NiMH.
The simplicity and efficiency of this set is amazing. 🙂
The only problem is the low level of the audio coming from the MTR-3B.

I changed to 20 m and the things get better: 9 QSOs in this band, including 2 with US stations.
CT7ABE spot me which I thank him.

Because of professional appointments I started descend at 5pm: My mood is great because of weather, the viewsand the QSOs.

Thank you all chasers!


Portuguese National SOTA day – April 2nd

Portugal (CT) National SOTA Day – 2016 Notices

The Portuguese National SOTA Day was commemorated April 2nd, 2016.

It was the 5th anniversary of SOTA program in Portugal!

Almost 50 activators in 21 SOTA summits produces 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 goal of raise SOTA awareness is achieved!
Some newbies were bitten by SOTA addiction for sure. 🙂 🙂 🙂

A lot of certificates related to this National day (activators, Chasers and SWL) were issued. They will be issued for those who request them until April 17th (ctsotaday (at)

The activators were (alphabetically and with QSOs registered on sota database):

CR7AKX, Sofia Ferreira; CR7ALM, Filipe Relvão; CS5ARC, (Associação de Radioamadores de Coimbra); CS7AFI, José Gomes; CS7AGH, Paulo Martins; CS7AJM, Francisco Carmo; CT1BWU, João Coelho; CT1DBS, Pedro Carvalho; CT1DYH, Carlos Ferreira; CT1END, Carlos Nora; CT1FAC, Fernando Rosinha; CT1GDF, Sérgio Medina; CT1HIX, Carlos Gomes; CT1MH, António Cardoso; CT1PR, Manuel Cardoso; CT1ZR, Álvaro Miranda; CT2FQA, Waldemar Pimentel; CT2FUN, Hélder Medina; CT2GQI, Gonçalo Springer; CT2HTY, José da Praça; CT2IUV, Nuno Freitas; CT2IWW, Paulo Teixeira; CT2IXQ, António Viegas; CT2JGU, Pedro Silva; CT2JLS, Sérgio Domingos; CT2JUO, Luis Rabasquinho; CT5JLD, Mónica Marques; CT7ABE, João Fragoso; CT7ACK, José Andrade; CT7AEZ, Pedro Correia; CT7AFR, Emmanuel Lomba; CT7AGR, Paulus Schulink; CT7AGT, Joaquim Baldaia; CU3AA, João Lima; CU3GQ, Rui Contente.

I’m proud to be the organizer of such successful event !





CU/SM-005 Pico das Éguas. Azores wx…

On March 16th, 2016, on the afternoon , I activated the Sota ref CU/SM-005, Pico das Éguas.

This “Pico” (“peak” in Portuguese) is near some of beautiful landscapes of S. Miguel Island: Protected Landscape of the Sete Cidades Lake!
Some trails are in the vicinity of this one. All of them has magnificent views!

But the wx is tricky sometimes. This is the case.
A white fog cover all the landscape… To do the trail we must rely in our navigational skills and I wouldn’t advise someone to get in to the trail in such conditions.
But I’m there, my navigational skills are good, so I decide to go for it.

It was just a quick activation because the fog combined with the wind was uncomfortable.
Nobody was seen in the trail. I guess why…

I use the same radio set as before (CU/SM-004)

It’s second real hard experience with the MTR-3B and the trapped dipole antenna, made with pico traps, from Sotabeams. I used 8 AAA rechargeable NiMH 2450 mA batteries.

It work flawless!

I made 9 QSO in 34 min and…Ran away from there. Too cold and wet!

Thanks to all chasers. 🙂


From the car park to the trail



Windy, foggy, sunny S. Miguel Isl. CU/SM-004, Pico Bartolomeu

On March 16th, 2016, early in the morning, I activated the Sota ref CU/SM-004, Pico Bartolomeu.

The Azores Isl are beautiful, but been located in the middle of the Atlantic are subject to severe storms.

More than that, they are prone to quick weather change.

People use to say: In the Azores we have the 4 seasons in the same day!

And that’s true. 🙂

My pocket station

It’s my first real hard experience with the MTR-3B and the trapped dipole antenna, made with pico traps, from Sotabeams.

I used 8 AAA rechargeable NiMH 2450 mA batteries.

It work flawless!


15 QSO in 37 minutes, all 20 m band.

The short time on the summit was because of work and rough Wx.

Tnx fer all chasers!


Weather on the summit


On the descent