The Bergen Amateur Radio Association Speaker Series
Presents: “Summits on the Air”

presented by Guy Hamblen (N7UN).

Summits on the Air (SOTA) is an award scheme for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. SOTA has been carefully designed to make participation possible for everyone – this is not just for mountaineers! There are awards for activators (those who ascend to the summits) and chasers (who either operate from home, a local hilltop or are even Activators on other summits).

Guy was first licensed in 1963 as KN7YYK then AA7QZ then N7UN in 1996. Since 1994 when I moved to NJ with my job, I discovered DXing which culminated recently with Top of the Honor Roll when I worked KP1 (Navassa), my last one!

I’ve always been a mountain climber and VHF hill topper but with the proliferation of small, backpackable HF CW rigs, I have been very active over the past 8 years with SOTA (Summits On The Air), a UK-based awards program patterned after the IOTA system.

My first efforts was the establishment of most of the W7 states into Associations within the SOTA program. W7 has more than 17,000+ SOTA-qualified peaks! An Association is a catalog of SOTA-qualified peaks. In 2014, I received the first “Sherpa Award”, recognition for my contribution to the SOTA program in 2013. SOTA is a great radio community comprised of “Activators” (those who hike one of the qualified peaks and setup a portable radio for qsos) and “Chasers” (those who contact the Activators). A point scoring system is in place for both Activators and Chasers. See http://www.sota.org.uk/ for more information. I use the call nS0TA for all my SOTA activations.

The talk will be given at the July 5, 2015 monthly meeting of
the Bergen Amateur Radio Association at 7:30pm.
There is no cost to attend and refreshments are available. All are welcome!

The meeting will be held at:
The Township of Washington Senior Center
350 Hudson Ave
Twp. of Washington, NJ 07676
Directions to Meeting

Welcome to the Bergen Amateur Radio Association’s homepage! BARA is a general interest amateur radio club located in Bergen County, New Jersey. Club meetings are held at the Township of Washington Borough Hall Senior center meeting room, on the first Sunday of every month. Guests and prospective members are always welcome. Meetings start around 7:30 PM. We also publish a monthly club bulletin to keep members who cannot attend meetings up-to-date. If you would like further information about BARA, or are interested in membership, see the Contact page.

If you can’t attend meetings you can still participate by joining one of our weekly nets. Check out the details for all our active nets on the Weekly Nets page. We encourage all Amateurs both members and non-members to join in these nets and keep the airways open and to promote friendly interaction.

BARA is proud to be an ARRL Special Service Club and supports many activities:

As a Special Service Club BARA has hosted several division conventions. Most recently we hosted the Hudson Division Dinner. The funds raised from this event were donated to the ARRL Spectrum Defense fund.

Our Public Service committee provides communications for parades and other special events.

We provide members with an outgoing QSL bureau headed by Warren Hager K2UFM. Each month Warren sends several pounds of cards to the ARRL for distribution.

Our Volunteer Examiner (VE) program is one of the oldest on the East Coast. Call Don Younger, W2JEK at 201-265-6583 or contact Don on the VE Exam page for further information.

Every Tuesday is “construction night”. We meet at the Westwood High School in the Township of Washington. If you are interested in electronics projects or just enjoy the smell of molten solder you can join the fun at 7:00PM in room 114.

BARA operates Field Day each year – see BARA Field Day for the latest info on our current location. Our “Weak Signal Group” participates in the January, June and September ARRL VHF Contests each year. For the Field Day and VHF contests we use the club call of K2BAR. In addition, we also encourage individual member participation in A.R.R.L. contests. When a contest has a “CLUB” category, our members submit their logs to be included.

The semi-annual Hamfests in May and October are well-known throughout the Northeast. The next Hamfest will be at the Westwood Regional High School in the Township of Washington. Admission is only $7.00! Over 100 vendors and nearly 1000 buyers make this one of the areas largest ham radio events. Please visit our Hamfest page for more info.

Still more opportunities for electronic bargains can be found at our annual auction held every March during our regular monthly meeting.

So there you have it. At BARA you will find QRP enthusiasts, antenna specialists, key collectors, digital mode gurus and more. Our members have had articles published in QST and the “ARRL Antenna Compendium”. What ever your question is, technical or operating, at a BARA meeting you’ll generally find several experienced hams ready to field it.

Why not come join us and have some Fun?

Our membership form [PDF] is available online and at all meetings.