Lamco VIne Icom 705 Power Solutions- Brilliant and perfect for the Garden

LAMCO: Vine Antennas IC-705

Joe from LAMCO wrote in to report on an exciting new product range from Vine Antennas. The Vine Antennas RST-705-9A Power Supply Unit is the perfect solution for making your ICOM IC-705
fit and look perfect in your shack. It is ideal for taking away on holiday, in the caravan. It comes
complete with protection against over-voltage, cross-polarity, overheating, overcurrent, and
critical power failure, when accompanied with the optional Vine Antenna RST-705 battery backup.

The Vine Antennas RST-BBB Battery Backup Box is designed to fit underneath the desktop supply
and radio assembly with the IC-705 Combo and includes a 7Ah lead-acid gel battery, presenting
all three components as one tidy desktop assembly. The battery backup box also includes
a speaker (mounted on the front of the unit) for those wishing to use hands-free radio operation.

Last but not least, the Vine Antennas RST-BNC right-angled BNC-SO239 Fly Lead can make your
ICOM IC-705 shack look neat and tidy. No horrible cables sticking out of the side of your IC-705. The
lead fits perfectly to the side of the Icom IC-705 making your shack looking perfect. It also works
with the LC-192 Rucksack.

SOTA Guidelines for Activators

What’s it all about then?

SOTA is an international programme that encourages amateur radio operation from the
summits of hills and mountains. Activators are the people who transmit from the summits.
Chasers are the people who contact the activators. Short Wave listeners can also take part,
by logging QSOs between activators and chasers.

Ontario is NOW part of the program with summits waiting for activation

The activator is at the heart of the SOTA programme, since without activators there would be
no QSOs! This publication is intended to provide the basic information that is required by
Activators. It is only a guide and the full rules for the entire SOTA programme can be found
in publication S0.1 – General Rules.

As an activator, you will be climbing qualifying SOTA summits and making QSOs from the
top. The first thing you need to know is what summits qualify and for this you need the
Association Reference Manual (ARM) for the area in which you plan to climb. This contains
useful local information, summit scores and, of course, a list of the qualifying summits.
ARMs can be downloaded from the SOTA web site.

Some simple rules

For your expedition to be valid, you have to keep to some simple rules, as follows:
• You must use legitimate access routes and obtain landowners’ permission if necessary.
• Operation from vehicles is not permitted and the method of final access to the Summit
must be “person powered”, e.g. hiking, mountain biking.
• You must operate from a portable power source (e.g. batteries, solar cells). Fossil fuel
based generators are not allowed. All equipment must be carried by you to the summit.
• At least four QSOs must be made for you to claim your activator points. You should
exchange callsigns, reports and the SOTA reference number (see ARM). QSOs through
a repeater do not count. QSOs with others on the same summit do not count.
• Activator points can only be claimed by the holder of the callsign used on the summit.
You need to send in your log to claim your points.
• You can only claim each summit once in each calendar year.

Operating guidelines

All modes and amateur radio bands are valid for SOTA. You can use whatever equipment
you like, provided it complies with your licence conditions. A scoring system is implemented,
generally relating to the height of the Summit. The score for each Summit is shown in the
ARM. A seasonal bonus may be available to Activators. Details are contained in the ARM.
As an activator, you should always operate in a considerate manner. Avoid any damage to
the mountain, walls, buildings, etc. Take your litter home with you. Be considerate of other
people on the hill – e.g. do not string antennas across footpaths; use headphones rather
than the loudspeaker and so on.

Be sure that you are competent to undertake your proposed Expedition and carry suitable
equipment, taking account of the terrain, weather conditions, etc. You activate mountains
entirely at your own risk and the SOTA programme accepts no responsibility for injury, loss
of life or any other loss.


Certificates and plaques are awarded to recognise achievement in SOTA. Certificates will
be awarded for 100, 250 and 500 points. The “Mountain Goat” trophy is available for
Activators who attain 1000 points. Further certificates are issued for progress beyond 1000


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