2,500 point Chaser certificate

And I also received my 2,500 point Chaser certificate as well.

I would like to thank all the keen SOTA activators that have allowed me to reach this level.  I have now crept up to 2,918 points, with 643 Activators worked.

However I have a long way to go to reach the lofty heights of Peter VK3PF who has 5,278 points.  That’s a great effort Peter.  Peter is being chased down by another Peter, VK3FPSR on 3,884 points, and Ernie VK3DET on 3,846 points.  Not far behind is Ron on 3,698 points.

And even more impressive is Roy G4SSH, who is the world’s leading SOTA Chaser.  Roy has worked a total of 19,390 Activators and has a total of 91,000 points.  That is truly mind boggling.  He mustn’t move from the radio !

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250 unique summits certificate

Also received my 250 Unique Summits as a Chaser certificate.

The SOTA Uniques Awards are a count of the number of different summits in an activator’s, chaser’s or SWL’s record.  It is purely the number of distinct summits activated or chased regardless of SOTA points.  Certificates are available for the usual thresholds of 100, 250, 500 and 1000.

I have a long way to go as an Activator.  I am sitting on 48 unique summits activated.

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Propagation between here and the VK1 & VK2 SOTA activators has been very poor for a long time now.  Twelve months ago I was guaranteed of getting a contact with the VK1 fellas on 40m, even in the middle of the day.  Sadly that isn’t the case anymore, and there are sonly a handful of SOTA activators that try 20m.  So I decided to analyse the breakdown of my uniques.  Below is a chart with the results.  It clearly shows that the Victorian SOTA Activators take the biggest slice of the pie for me as a Chaser.  This is followed by VK2 and then VK1.

I have only worked a total of 21 SOTA uniques here in VK5.  I believe that is a combination of 2 factors.  There is only a handful of active SOTA activators.  And secondly we are a bit geographically challenged here for SOTA summits.  We have only 2 summits in close proximity to Adelaide.  The remainder of the summits require a minimum drive of 100 km ++ to get there.

What is pleasing is the number of DX activators that are now listening for VK SOTA Chasers.


Silver Mountain Hunter certificate

Last night I received my Silver Mountain Hunter certificate from the UK.

The Mountain Hunter and Mountain Explorer certificates were introduced by SOTA in 2010.

To qualify for the Mountain Hunter certificate, SOTA chasers need to contact (or SWl’s hear) at least 2 different summits in each of 5 Associations.  There are steps of 5 Associations for each award, ranging from Bronze through to Platinum, and then Worked All Associations.  Now that would be a mighty effort.  The higher level awards require that at least one Association claimed is on a different continent from the claimant’s normal residential QTH. Level 1 can be claimed with contacts only on the claimant’s own continent (1 continent) whereas higher level awards require intercontinental contacts.

Steps of 5 Associations for each award: 10 (including 2 continents), 15 (including 2 continents), 20 (and 3 continents), Worked all Associations (all qualifying continents)

Award No. of Associations No. of Continents
Bronze Award 5 1
Silver Award 10 2
Gold Award 15 2
Platinum Award 20+ 3
Worked All Associations ALL 4 or 5

At this stage, these are my qualifying Mountain Hunter Associations…..

Association(s) Chased All Bands Count
DM – Germany (Low Mountains) 3
EA2 – Spain (North) 2
G – England 4
HA – Hungary 2
OE – Austria 4
OM – Slovakia 2
S5 – Slovenia 3
SP – Poland 2
SV – Greece 2
VK1 – Australia – Capital Territory 26
VK2 – Australia – NSW 40
VK3 – Australia – Victoria 151
VK4 – Australia – Queensland 2
VK5 – Australia – South Australia 21

And I have worked at least 1 summit in the following Associations…..

Association(s) Chased All Bands Count
EA1 – Spain (North West) 1
EA3 – Spain (Catalunya) 1
GM – Scotland 1
GW – Wales 1
OK – Czechia 1
VK9 – Australia – Islands 1
YO – Romania 1

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