My recent trip to Europe brought about some benefits on the SOTA front. I was able to do some chasing from the south of France clocking up many mostly CW contacts around Europe. Whilst I had made plenty of SOTA CW contacts in VK, it got me over the 1000 point line for CW. Being the first VK to make 1000 points on CW, I thought the Shack Sloth certificate was worth collecting, so here it is. I hope many other chasers achieve this milestone as CW chasing is a lot of fun!
The other benefit of Europe is that it is easier to work many different countries than from Australia. With 20 associations and 3 continents worked I qualified for the Platinum Mountain Hunter award. From Australia it can be difficult to crack the third continent which for me was Africa courtesy of contacts into Madeira (CT3). These contacts were actually made from Australia so it was more a matter of chalking up the 20 associations.
Other awards achieved recently were:
- Bronze Mountain Explorer – I have activated in 7 associations now
- 100 Activator Points
- Bronze Summit-To-Summit – 250 points