Saving myself from me

We’re a minority. Probably all special interest groups are minorities, whether it’s rock climbing, sky diving, bagpipe playing or even composing music, we are minorities. There’s considerably less of us than stamp collectors but significantly more of us than avid chess players. While vastly different than all those pursuits, we share one common trait; passion … More Saving myself from me

A Day of Firsts on Minch Moor

SOTA summit: Minch Moor, Scotland GM/SS-133 Activation Date: Oct 11, 2018 Unique: Yes and my 150th Call sign used: MM0SNA/P Portable operation: Yes Radio: KX3 and 1296Mhz SG-Labs transverter Antenna: 4 element Arrow 2m Yagi and SG-Labs provided 2 element Yagi Bands used: 2m and 23cm Hike:  ~2.5 miles and ~1,300ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Hike and AZ profile: Well defined … More A Day of Firsts on Minch Moor

Why is Bulgaria in Scandinavia?

Location: Man Cave in Berwick-upon-Tweed Contest: Scandinavian Activity Contest (SSB), 24 hours over October 13 and 14, 2018 Contest Software Used: N1MM Portable operation: No Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and Hardrock 50  operating at 50 watts SSB Antenna: Cirro Mazzoni Baby Loop Bands used: 40m Hike:  None….I sat for 4 hours (it was fun!) Solo operation: Just me operating as M0SNA Recommend: Yes Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 Trying … More Why is Bulgaria in Scandinavia?

Buzzed on Black Hill

SOTA summit: Black Hill, Scotland GM/SS-253 Activation Date: Oct 11, 2018 Unique: Yes and my 151st Call sign used: MM0SNA/P Portable operation: Yes Radio: KX3 and 1296Mhz SG-Labs transverter Antenna: End Fed and SG-Labs provided 2 element Yagi Bands used: 20m, 40m and 23cm Hike:  ~1.4 miles and ~600ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No with Gerald (G4OIG) Recommend: Unequivocally! Cell … More Buzzed on Black Hill

Give me a Wild Boar

SOTA summit: Wild Boar Fell, G/NP-007 Activation Date: Sept 25, 2018 Call sign used: M/W6PNG/P Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8G on 2m FM Antenna: 2m roll up J Pole hanging at 15 ft Bands used: 2m Hike:  ~4.5 miles and ~1400ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018

What’s in a name, Bridger Peak, Wyoming?

SOTA summit: Bridger Peak , W7Y/SW-007 Activation Date: July 30, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB and KX3 at 7 watts digital FT8 Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands and Modes used: 20m SSB and FT8 Hike:  ~7.5 miles and ~1,200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Spotty Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 … More What’s in a name, Bridger Peak, Wyoming?

Oh ye of little faith……my journey with an AlexLoop

A few months back I had an opportunity to present at the Lothians Radio Society in Edinburgh, Scotland on Wilderness Radio and it inevitably had me reflect on the last three years; destinations, experiences, gear, successes, failures, surprises, does and dont’s etc. Antennas are a key part of any successful radio station and understandably a … More Oh ye of little faith……my journey with an AlexLoop

322 miles 2m SSB, Rubers Law, Scotland

SOTA summit: Rubers Law, GM/SS-210 Activation Date: August 21, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu 857D operating at 20 watts HF SSB and 30 watts 2m SSB Antenna: AlexLoop 10-40m magnetic loop and 4 element 2m Yagi Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~2.4 miles and ~800ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 … More 322 miles 2m SSB, Rubers Law, Scotland

Four towers, two radios, power galore, a dream come true

Her smile is quite welcoming and I ask permission for a photo. In that moment of exuberance I put my hand behind her shoulder. She seems oddly cold and rigid. It’s late and maybe like me her day has been long and longer. I’ve arrived on Prince Edward Island in Maritime Canada and I leave … More Four towers, two radios, power galore, a dream come true

Longer, sometimes wrong way to Peel Fell

SOTA summit: Peel Fell, G/SB-004 Activation Date: June 28, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Hike:  ~10 miles and ~1700ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Maybe Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 World Cup fever grips the country including this piece of nowhere as … More Longer, sometimes wrong way to Peel Fell