18 March 2015

SOTA activation: YO/EC-480 and YO/EC-312

YO/EC-480 (Dealul Frumos, 1048m, 6 points) and YO/EC-312 (Secaria, 1149m, 6 points) were some of the many summits I've been planning to activate for some time now, and when I told Florin YO9IPF they're part of my upcoming weekend plan he immediately agreed to come with me. The weather forecast didn't look too good but hey, we were two men on a mission and didn't plan to be stopped by a few drops of rain.

Finding Florin was fortunate, as it's pretty hard for a SOTA activator to have an activation partner: friends or girlfriends may come with you for a hike now and then, but not many have the patience to wait until you do your radio thing. Romania is not a very big country but there aren't that many activators yet (SOTA is growing very fast here though), so we definetely jump on any chance we get to do team activations.

We met near Ploiesti and in 30 minutes we were already at the base of the first summit (YO/EC-480) after passing trough the city of Comarnic. There are basically two choices if you want to get to YO/EC-480: either you choose the easier but longer route that starts from the DJ101S road, or a steeper but shorter one from DC2C. We chose the first option, the hike ahead of us looked easy and it actually was.


11 March 2015

SOTA Spotter Android app

The name basically speaks for itself, we're talking about an app that sends spots to the SOTA cluster; it runs on Android and takes very few resources (about 4.2MB of space when installed). SOTA Spotter was released back in October 2014 by fellow romanian SOTA afficionado Bogdan Lazanu (YO8SAW) and now it went up to version 0.4.56, wich includes spot filtering and visual/audible/vibrating alerts.