The annual VK1 WInter SOTA QSO Party will be held on Sunday 7 August 2016.
2016 is the fourth consecutive year where VK1 SOTA tragics brave the
Canberra cold weather to promote and demonstrate amateur radio to the ACT
community. If you are new to SOTA or VKFF the VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Party is
something to experience, either as an enthusiastic winter activator or chaser.
For the uninitiated activator the VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Party is a
coordinated activation of multiple VK1 summits where chasers and activators scramble to
gain chaser or S2S points, pre and post UTC day change.
Weather permitting, this year the VK1 SOTA QSO party will commence at 23:00
UTC +/- (15 min) and run for about 1.5 to 2 hours or for as long as the
activator's battery/s holds out.
Many of the VK1 local SOTA summits are within ACT Nature Parks (VKFF). No
doubt there will be additional interest in P2P contacts plus the opportunity for VKFF hunters to pick up new VK1 Nature Parks.
For activators in VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7 and VK8 please join in for a
frantic session of S2S pileups as you compete with SOTA chasers to earn S2S
and P2P points. Past VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Parties have proven to be so
popular with chasers the SOTAWatch website didn't keep pace with the volume
of VK spots.
How do activators join in on the VK1 SOTA QSO Party? No permissions required, simply post a SOTA or VKFF alert for Sunday morning 7 August 2016.
If you are considering visiting Canberra on Sunday 7 August 2016 please drop
me an email. Following the mass SOTA activation, the VK1 group will hold a
lunch at a local sports club, you are very welcome to join us.
For SOTA and VKFF chasers now is the time organise a leave pass and plan an
early breakfast in the comfort of your warm radio shack. :)
The VK1 SOTA crew are looking forward to your participation.
73, Andrew VK1AD