Folks who operate the HF bands or meteor scatter on VHF spend a lot of time collecting places: states, counties, continents, islands, zones, etc. A relatively new addition to this list is summits. There is now an award where you can collect QSOs with stations operating on mountain summits. The program is called “Summits on the Air” (SOTA).
Our March UARC meeting, to be held Thursday, March 14, will feature Ryan Etherington, K7ODX, the association manager for SOTA in Utah. He will tell us how to participate on the air as “chasers” (those who make contact with folks on mountain tops) or “activators” (those who operate on mountain tops). It's even possible to be both at once! Utah, with its variety of mountain ranges, seems like a particularly good place to exploit this activity.
If you would like to do some preparation homework, check out www.sota.org.uk.
Again, the upcoming meeting of the Utah Amateur Radio Club will be on Thursday, March 14. Location is the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus, room 1230.
UARC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus. The room number varies with availability. During our meetings in January through April, 2019, we will be in room 1230. See the map for information on finding the building.
During the University's fall semester, meetings will take place on the second Thursdayof each month at 7:30 P.M. in room L103 of the Warnock Engineering Building. To reach the “L” three-digit numbered rooms, take the elevator in the southwest corner of the main floor down to level “L1.” (The elevators near the east entrance don't go there!)
The front elevators in the Warnock Building have the second floorlocked out in the evening. There are two possible solutions for thehandicapped. The first is to get into the elevator and then send anable-bodied person up the stairs to the second floor to call the elevator. The secondmethod is to find your way to the elevator in the southwest corner of thebuilding (the same elevator we have been using during fall semester) and use it to access the second floor.
The front elevators in the Warnock Building have the second floorlocked out in the evening. There are two possible solutions for thehandicapped. The first is to get into the elevator and then send anable-bodied person to the second floor to call the elevator. The secondmethod is to find your way to the elevator in the southwest corner of thebuilding and use it to access the second floor.
UARC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30P.M., in the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus.The meetings during the University's fall semester of 2018 will be in roomL103 on the L1 level.
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Of course, the meeting will include the “standard” meeting features:
- Availability of ARRL books from Rick, the bookseller
- An opportunity to join UARC or renew your membership
- An opportunity to join ARRL or renew your membership
- The chance to meet face-to-face the people you talk to on the air
- The “Meeting after the meeting”: A chance to enjoy pizza or other gastronomic delights with other hams. It happens at Litza's Pizza, 716 E. 400 South.
- The “Meeting before the meeting”: A similar get-together for those who can leave work early enough to get there by 5:15 P.M. These are held at “The Village Inn,” 910 E. 400 South.
Reaching the Building
From the west: Approach the campus by driving east on 100 South. Follow the road as it makes a left turn and a right turn to become “North Campus Drive.” Turn right at the traffic signal onto “Central Campus Drive.” After passing the Merrill Engineering Building you will come to the front of the Warnock Engineering Building on the west side of the road. Parking lots are on the east side. You may use the one directly across the road from the building, or the ones immediately north and south of that one. (These lots are outlined in green on the map.) Parking in any other lot may result in a citation.
From the southeast: Approach the campus by going north on Foothill Boulevard. Turn right onto Mario Capecchi Drive. Move into the left turn lane as you approach the George S. Eccles 2002 Legacy pedestrian bridge. Continue under the bridge and complete the left turn onto Wasatch Drive. Then turn left at the T-junction onto North Campus Drive. Make another left turn at the next traffic signal onto “Central Campus Drive.” Continue to the Warnock Engineering building as in the paragraph above.
Finding the Room
Enter the Warnock Engineering Building (WEB) through the main door on the east side of the bulding. For rooms 1230 or 1250, walk down the main corridor to the west end of the building. The rooms can be found on either side of the corridor. For 2230 or 2250, take the elevator or stairway to the second floor and look for the room at the west end of the corridor on that floor.
Finding rooms with three-digit numbers is a bit more obscure. In the southwest corner of the bulding is an elevator that can be used to access lower floors. From the front door walk west until you are just past the large open area, and look for a small walkway on the left. Take it past some conference rooms and around a corner past restrooms. At the end of this corridor will be an elevator on the right and a stairway on the left. Take the elevator to level “L1” (or take the stairs as far down as they go), then look for the specified room number.