11/01/2022

Configuring Anytone 878UV & Alinco DJ-MD5 for sending SOTA spots using DMR2SOTA

First of all, I wish to thank Iñigo EA2CQ for his efforts giving to all SOTA activators these useful tools as the SpotMySota Android app, and the new feature of spotting activations using the DMR Brandmeister net, by means of the DMR Brandmeister SMS utility.

Concerning to this, when we (Iñigo and me) were making the preliminary tests on the server, we discovered that some adjustments must be made in order to the system to work. Specifically when using the Anytone 878UV and Alinco DJ-MD5. There are several DMR SMS standars, and if no properly configured, you will not be able to use DMR2SOTA.

All the following information refer to the mentioned DMR2SOTA system, developed by Iñigo EA2CQ. More info about it can be found at this link in the SOTA reflector.

Here we will describe how to make these talkies work. Please follow the next steps to configure your system/talkie to be able to send SMS spots.

17/10/2021

Open letter to our fellow chasers

Dear SOTA chasers,

These last times, I am more and more concerned about some bad habits which have been spreading amongst some SOTA chasers. Perhaps the example given by a few but active and renowed chasers -whose behavior is far from being the best- has something to do with it. For the activators can be a very hard situation to be in front of a bunch of shouting people after making the effort of climbing to the summit -sometimes after hours of driving-, mount the station, and stay up there operating on cold, hot, wind, rain or snow. 

So, I finally decided to share these very simple advices to make our lives easier, and to allow your fellow chasers achieving the QSO too. Please remember that SOTA is only a competitive issue for a few, whose only interest is fame and prestige, no matter the cost. 

13/10/2021

EA1/LR SOTA Tour, October 2021

San Lorenzo EA1/LR-001 from La Fonfria summit