Individual Operating Stories

I was in Victoria for a few days and was able to take time to activate two summits. The first was Observatory Hill CL-023 then the next day it was Mount Douglas.

It was my first attempt on Observatory and I was able to log 3 2m contacts. Though I heard a lot of static I was only able to...

It was a perfect fall day for hiking and activating a summit in the SOTA program. Ralph and Eric decided to hike Vedder as it was a fairly easy hike through the forest on a well marked and maintained trail. The return hike was 10.5Km but it was fairly easy going. There is a small scramble near...

It had been years since I last hiked Seymour, now I know why. It was much harder than I recollected! My wife Carolyn and I hiked tothe summit today and I activated it in the mid-afternoon. I had trouble with my icom handheld when I first got there, it didn't want to transmit. I tried a second...

Ralph and Eric took the day to hike to the summit of Mt. Zoa and activate it in the SOTA program. Mt. Zoa is located in the Coquihalla Summit area and is a popular hike for its amazing views and fairly easy access. As we went mid-week this time we had the mountain to ourselves, even the bears...

During my recent vacation to Victoria I decided to try SOTA from a pair of the local summits near Victoria. This trip I planned to activate Bear Hill and Mt. Douglas. My first target was to hike up Bear Hill and operate in the morning and then just after lunch to try Mt. Doug. So after a...

A lovely hike up an easy trail that is mostly in the shade! Today I hiked the almost 3km trail with my wifeCarolyn to visit the summit where I would activate the peak in the SOTA program. The trail follows the old access road to the small cell tower at the summit. It is quite heavily used by...

Ralph and I (Eric) hiked Mt. Hollyburn and activated the summit for SOTA. It was the first activation of Hollyburn this season and not surprising as the snow was still fairly deep in places including at the summit. The initial portion of the hike was as expected for a warm July day but as we...

In early April, 2017, I (Ralph - VE7OM) had the opportunity to join with a number of other Amateurs to operate a special event Amateur radio station at Vimy Ridge, France.  This was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle that ‘made’ Canada.  This ridge, just north of Arras...

I was finally able to get out and activate Grant Hill for SOTA. I had been hoping to do the first activation of the small hill for months but between some health issues and poor weather, it just didn't come about until late March. The hike was easier than I was expecting as one was able to drive...

Eric and his son Geoff hiked Mt. Mercer on Saturday and completed a first activation of the summit. Eric used only his 2m hand-held with his arrow 2m yagi. His first call was with a station in Port Angeles Washington followed by a chap near the Victoria airport and then another station in...

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