12 February 2017 | Comments

My first Summits on the Air (SOTA) activation was, apparently, 31st December 2007. It involved a 10m telescopic aluminium mast, 40Ah car battery and Icom IC-7000 lugged to the trig point on Detling Hill. Fine for a small summit like that, but entirely impractical for more challenging hills.

Since then, I've refined the equipment I carry. It's not as minimal as some folks, but it's working well for me at the moment:

The key bits are:

All of the above packs into the blue rucksack, which also contains a CamelBack water pack. Including water, it weighs around 8.5kg.

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