Individual Operating Stories

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...

Eric and his wife Carolyn hiked Black Mountain at Cypress Bowl to activate the summit for SOTA. He was able to make 6 2m contacts one was with a distant SOTA hiker on Tahtlum Peak 310km to the south. The summit-to-summit contact was also the furthest 2m hand-held contact Eric had made. Several...

Eric, Geoff and Bruce Prior hiked Vedder Mountain to initiate the summit into the Summits on the Air program. This summit was recently added to the list and this was its first activation. The hike is a very pleasant one and not difficult. We all quit enjoyed the walk through the trees and then...

Eric (VA7NX) and his wife Carolyn (VA7CDA) hiked Mount Zoa near the Coquihalla summit on the highway.  This is a pleasant alpine hike that travels along the Zoa ridge as one hike westward. Not overly difficult but is can get quite hot in the heat as it has little tree cover. Eric took his 2m...

Though not very high, Chehalis Peak has no published route to the summit, so activating it would prove to be more of a challenge than most of the mountains I have attempted. This summit is located along the SW corner of Harrison Lake and looks down upon the town of Harrison Hot Springs. Geoff...

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