After more than 10 years of activating SOTA summits I have finally achieved 1000 activator points, qualifying me to be a SOTA Mountain Goat.
I made my first SOTA activation at VK3/VC-025 Mt Dandenong on 26 February 2012 using a Yaesu FT7, SSB and a link dipole.
My Mountain Goat activation was at VK3/VC-029 Briarty Hill on 3 July 2022 using an FT817, FT8 and SSB and an inverted L antenna.
I have made 233 activations on 64 different summits, logged 3702 QSOs and 1020 unique call signs. Of these activations 230 were qualified using SSB or FM, two were using CW and one was by FT8.
Most of my activations have been alone but I have done combined activations with Allen VK3ARH, Glenn VK3YY, Kevin VK3KAB, Marshall VK3MRG, Matt VK1MA and Chris, VK3TYG. I have also bumped into Rik VK3EQ and Ron VK3AFW near or on summits doing their own activations.
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My top 10 activation chasers
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Given that it has taken more than 10 years to get my first 1000 activator points I’d suggest it is a safe bet that I won’t be getting to double MG anytime in the next 10 years.