Gone SOTA camping…

By the time this post has been published [I scheduled this one in advance], I’ll be offline and preparing for a long weekend of radio fun at the W4G SOTA Campout in north Georgia.

I’m looking forward to catching up with friends, trading (mostly true) stories, and hopefully activating a number of new-to-me SOTA summits and POTA parks.

As long as my ankle cooperates, I plan to hit at least a couple of summits each day.

If you care to chase me on the air, check out the SOTA Spots page and/or the POTA Spots page.

My activations will likely be super short so that I can fit in multiples within a day. That said, our campground is in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (K-4473), so I should have longer evening sessions on the air.

At SOTA events like this, you can get away with only carrying an HT: it’s easy to work other activators Summit-to-Summit (S2S) on VHF since there are so many other SOTA ops on nearby summits.

I will still do HF, though, unless I’m really pressed for time.  I’ve packed a wide variety of radios and antennas. In fact (typical me) I’ve packed more than I know I could possibly put on the air in one weekend.

I don’t expect to have mobile phone or internet service other than when I’m en route to or on summits. Obviously, I won’t be checking email during this time.

Frankly, there’s nothing better than a little offline & on-the-air time!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

10 thoughts on “Gone SOTA camping…”

  1. Sounds great.
    Enjoy your get away!
    As always, I’ll be interested to read what you have to say afterwards.


  2. There ya go! Ya can’t beat getting out in the mountains…

    I’ve just returned from NYC, and I’m going to listen in to see if I can hear you up in the mountains, just north of Boise.

    72! de W7UDT

  3. I’m looking into getting a teardrop camper, but until then I would probably use a 5 person tent. I haven’t been camping for decades.

    Looks like that will be a blast, will you be using your solar panels? 73 de AI5DD

    1. Someone at our campground had a really cool homemade teardrop camper.

      I didn’t need to use solar at this particular campout. As I suspected, our campsite was under a canopy, so not a lot of sunlight to be had.

      That and I brought more than enough fully-charged batteries–I think I could have gone for nearly 2 weeks on them. 🙂


  4. Heard you on 20m yesterday but sadly not quite well enough to work you! Hope you’re having fun and that I get to work you one of these days

  5. Thomas,

    It was great to meet you this past week and put a name and face together! The campout was a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many new people. I hope our paths cross again one day.

    1. Great meeting you, Tim. Yes, it was amazing! I’m already looking forward to next years’ campout.

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