Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NJ7V, Feb 26, 2021.
Hmmm ... most hams would just move on without such pettiness.
Yup. I haven't yet purchased a beam, but I've gotten as far as 65 miles on a j-pole I hung way up in a tree. Lately I've been using a 1/2 wave whip I got turned onto by K0NR, which has worked as well as the j-pole, to the extent I may use it instead of the j-pole going forward.
He may not have heard the net. Propagation is a funny beast sometimes.
I try to avoid frequencies I know routinely host nets even if that frequency appears to be quiet (such as 14.300), but I wouldn't expect anyone to have a full list of all the possible nets.
Not sure how to respond here other than to say there are two sides to every coin. I whole heartedly agree that interference can be a real problem on the bands. Whether it be your example above, or a 5 watt station trying to hold the frequency for a few minutes. I guess that's why we have to try hard not pass judgement and do our best to keep it positive. "This is the way"
Ha! Yep, I had that. "Good luck with your contest or whatever" in a snarky tone. I'm also in a medium city surrounded by rural areas. There's lots of Amateur Radio here but not many SOTA goats.
I think it relates to many because of contesters thinking any frequency in use or not they are good to go. The one I heard yesterday ignored calls from net control but made contact with an operator on the net when called directly, he was told it was a net but didn't seem to care. Still kept calling CQ even after was told. Some just want to see the world burn as long as its not at their expense.
I tend to think many involved in these acronym fads forget that decades ago hams operated portable, at parks and at summits. They didn't need to make a big deal over it. Didn't feel the need to be an "influencer" Now that the SOTA/POTA acronym is popular on youtube it attracts flies like its some big deal though there really isn't anything new under the sun.
Thinking of doing a video on maritime mobile and calling myself an MM operator. In time it will keep the coastguard busy on the weekends at least.
Hahahaha valid points! All of them. And have to say, it sounds like that SOTA dude was a douche based on your description - sadly. MM LOL! Thanks for the chuckle man!
Then he was just an ass. There are lots of them out there in every activity. He probably did some assholish things driving home too.
I've got a book on QRP operating from 2001ish that mentions mountain topping, operating from parks, etc. But I find the structure around SOTA/POTA keeps it from feeling so random and helps me develop some some goals. I have to give credit to those programs for reinvigorating my interest in radio. Aside from using my 2m HT while hunting or my mobile while driving to hunting camp, I seldom touched my radios. Covid got me looking at them again as something to occupy myself during our nasty early Spring last year when we were locked down. Finding SOTA (and later POTA) kept my interest up all year and continues on. It's a fun niche to the hobby and intersects with other things I'm already doing (hiking, biking, and being outdoors).
Do it. I have very little experience with boats and fewer yet operating radios from boats. It could be interesting seeing how that mode of operation differs from other mobile or portable environments (aside from the water).
I may be mistaken, but it looks like you just drove to the summit, which seems to be outside the general rules: Operations must not be in, or in the close vicinity of, a motor vehicle.
Did I miss something?
Drive up summits are legal. They exist so activators who can't hike up can still participate.
It depends on your definition of "vicinity". I'm mostly a "hike in" activator, but there's one summit here in VA that is a drive up (no trails, just a poorly paved and curvy road) with a small parking area and a thin green strip of land around the parking lot before you hit the downward slope. The entirety of the flat land on that summit, parking lot included, is about 50' x 100'. My QRZ Profile pic is me doing an activation there. I'm about 5' from the parking lot.
So, is vicinity 10'? 100'? A quarter mile?
I interpret it as "not right next to your car" and not using power from your car.
ETA a pic of the summit I was referring to.