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

Scotland to California on 10 watts

SOTA summit: Spartleton, GM/SS-182 Activation Date: June 22, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8 5 watts FM and Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: J Pole and LNR End Fed Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~3 miles and ~700ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018   I’ve driven past … More Scotland to California on 10 watts

Becoming Intermediate

It’s really quite a comprehensive process similar in format and concept to the Foundation assessment and examination I took earlier in the year and once again the assessment is unique relative to the US licensing process that is exam centric only. The most obvious benefits in attaining a UK ham Intermediate license are an increase … More Becoming Intermediate

The Story of Ros Castle

SOTA summit: Ros Castle, G/SB-009 Activation Date: June 10, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8 5 watts FM and Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: J Pole and LNR End Fed Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~3/4 miles and ~200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 It drifted up … More The Story of Ros Castle

Practically Intermediate

The UK has three ham license levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Full. Having just completed my Foundation my energy is focused on the next level. Similar to the Foundation but different to the US approach, the Intermediate has a practical assessment followed by a multiple choice exam. The difference is the practical and while the Foundation … More Practically Intermediate