News from the North

 

SOTA has so much to offer including a very friendly and supportive community. Recently, I took the opportunity to head up to Oregon to attend the Pacific North West SOTA gathering at SeaPac 2016 in Seaside, OR. I had a chance to put faces to some of my chasers and equally importantly meet a lot of the OR and WA SOTA community. All in all a fun time.

Etienne (K7ATN) (W7O AM) publishes a newsletter that has details of this get together and shares the news that Darryl (WW7D) is the new W7W AM. Congrats Darryl!!

Check out the latest news letter at;

http://www.pnwsota.org/sites/pnwsota.org/files/downloads/K7ATN/PNW%20SOTA%20Newsletter%20Jul-Aug%202016.pdf

Paul W6PNG

Changing of the guard; Welcome Michael

As I think many of you know the extended and global SOTA “management” team are all volunteers from the official management team (MT), all the way through to association and regional managers. Chris Goodman (K6CMG) has decided to focus on activating and other goals and as such please welcome Michael Geoghegan (KX6A) as the new W6 Southern Coastal Regional Manager.

Michael brings a passion and deep experience with the great outdoors including Search and Rescue, mountain hiking and a Scout leader. Like many of us the marriage of amateur radio and he great outdoors, represented by SOTA, is magical. To this end Michael (and his sons) have been on a tear activating local peaks; small, huge, easy and downright tough.

Michael shares a desire to see SOTA awareness and participation expanded in W6 land and I am thrilled he is a part of the new and enlarged W6 SOTA management team.

He maintains a blog that I believe is migrating back to his own domain (KX6A). Stop by, check it out and raise a glass to our newest RM.

Welcome Michael, onwards and upwards!!

Paul W6PNG

W6 SOTA Association Manager

 

We moved mountains for you!!

We are excited to announce that approximately 570 peaks have been added to the California SOTA roster joining the existing 3,718 for a new total of 4,329 peaks.

These peaks are across the state and in most all regions. Some are quite accessible from the major metro areas while others have a little bit more of an adventure feel to reach them.

Peaks were added/moved as a result of the following;

  • A recent SOTA wide alignment on P150 prominence criteria measured as 492 feet versus 500 feet for 2012 and before peak list
  • More accurate topological data from advanced satellite imaging

In all of this, the one aspect that made me chuckle was the fact that 40 peaks have moved…well the peak didn’t really move, we simply have more accurate peak information or corrected for past errors and so in effect the peak has moved and in so doing the previous peak code has been retired (don’t use it any more) and a new one assigned. The most notable is San Gorgonio, CT-001, Southern California’s highest peak (11,500ft), which has a new code, CT-245. That aside its still a tough one to get to the top of!

The easiest way to detect an addition or move  is to check the “Valid Dates:From” and “Valid Dates: Until” column in the 2016 ARM. If either field is 1/5/2016 (UK date format for May 1st, 2016) then the peak code is new or retired respectively.

Region Additions “Moved”
Northern Coastal (NC) 101 5
Southern Desert (SD) 93 1
Souther Sierra (SS) 78 7
Southern Coastal (SC) 75 4
Northern Sierra (NS) 60 2
Northwestern Ranges (NW) 44 4
Northeastern Ranges 35 0
Inyo Mountains (IN) 33 1
Transverse Range (CT) 32 5
Northern Desert (ND) 19 6
Northern Ranges (CN) 1 0
Desert Ranges (CD) 0 1
Coastal Ranges (CC) 0 1
Sierra Nevada (SN) 0 3
Totals 571 40

Enormous credit and thanks goes to Guy Hamblin (N7UN) who has driven this effort and untaken a lot of work personally.