Ever since I first got into ham radio, I have been drawn to the QRP and homebrewing aspects of it. When I eventually learned about Summits On The Air, the overlap of ham radio with my enjoyment of hiking and camping was irresistable. In Summits On The Air, or SOTA, each participating region has an Association run by volunteers who determine what summits qualify and how many points they will get. Activators qualify a summit by making four contacts from it; “chasers” earn points from home for making the effort to complete a QSO. I first got into SOTA when I lived in San Francisco, but I only managed two successful one-point activations over a three-year period there.
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