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The Summits On The Air (SOTA) program has really taken off in North America. SOTA originated in the UK in 2002, so it took a little while for it to make it.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

How would you like to enjoy amateur radio in the great outdoors and get some physical exercise at the same time?  You can, if you participate in the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.  The program began in the UK in 2002 and finally has become popular in the United States.  Your station can be as simple as a VHF HT on 2 meters with a 1/2 wavelength whip or a small yagi antenna from the Elk Company.  If HF is more attractive, one of the popular QRP rigs, such as the Yaesu-817 ND, a portable HF antenna, and gel-cell battery can have you on the air in minutes.  You get exercise, breathe fresh air, and use amateur radio at the same time.  Plus, you get to see some spectacular scenery.  So, get off the coach, pack that HT and antenna in your backpack, head out for the nearest hill.  Have fun!  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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