I’m doing both this morning!
I plan to do a SOTA activation of Mount Mitchell (W4C/CM-001) and a simultaneous POTA/WWFF activation of Mount Mitchell State Park (K-2747/KFF-2747) this morning.
I’ll be using my single-band QCX Mini transceiver and, hopefully, pairing it with my PackTenna 20M EFHW, else my trusty MPAS Lite.
I’m not exactly sure what time I’ll be on the air, but I assume between 14:30 – 16:30 UTC (10:30 – 12:30 EDT). Hopefully, the POTA and SOTA networks will auto-spot me, but if not, just check the RBN: http://www.reversebeacon.net/dxsd1/dxsd1.php?f=0&c=k4swl&t=dx
It’ll be hovering around 32F-36F (0-2C) on the summit and likely a bit windy. Although I usually do well in cold temps, this will be the coldest activation I’ve done in months, so expect some sloppy CW. 🙂
I’ll try to make a video of this activation, but I’m not entirely sure how well it’ll work out. Much will hinge on if I can find my small amplified speaker for the QCX-Mini (which lacks an internal speaker). I’m going to find a spot within the SOTA activation zone to set up, but not on or near the summit observation area as it gets so busy there.
We’ll see how this goes. I am really looking forward to using the QCX-Mini in the field. I’ve used it a bit at the QTH and am incredibly impressed with its performance.
I’ll only be on 20 meters this time (obviously) but hopefully I can at least make enough contacts to validate both the summit and park.