Guns, Pigeons and Beer

Location: Pigeon Island National Landmark, Saint Lucia (14″05’39N, 60″57’53E)  SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Dec 7, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12 watts Antenna: Buddipole in dipole configuration Bands used: 17m Furthest QSO: ~1,100 miles with Les Chris, 6Y6Y in Jamaica on 17m Hike in: Yes, ~2 miles roundtrip and 300 ft of ascent to 300 ft Solo operation: No with Chris Drummond Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: N/A Photos: Copyright … More Guns, Pigeons and Beer

Of Kitesurfing, Piton and Supermarkets

Location: Plantation Beach, Saint Lucia (14″05’12N,60’55’40E)  SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Dec 6, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12 watts Antenna: Buddipole in vertical configuration Bands used: 17m and 20m Furthest QSO: ~5,900 miles with RU3GB in Russia on 17m Hike in: Yes, ~1 miles roundtrip and zero ft of ascent to zero ft Solo operation: Partially….while Chris Drummond kitesurfed Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: N/A Photos: Copyright … More Of Kitesurfing, Piton and Supermarkets

Gold comes in many forms

SOTA summit: Gold Mountain W6/CT-053  Activation Date: Nov 14, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: Buddipole in vertical configuration Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~6,625 miles with John Shaw, ZL1BYZ in New Zealand Hike in: Yes, ~7.6 miles roundtrip and 1,400 ft of ascent to ~8,200ft Solo operation: No, with Dave Coulter Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Soon after buying my … More Gold comes in many forms

Magic happens…Australia calling

SOTA summit: Temple Hill  W6/SC-369  Activation Date: November 26, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft K2 operating at 50 watts Antenna: Buddipole in full length dipole configuration Bands used: 15m, 12m and 17m Furthest QSO: ~7,750 miles with VK1AD near Canberra, Australia Hike in: Yes  Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Almost 8,000 miles apart with completely different journeys to our chosen “peaks” … More Magic happens…Australia calling

Ebey’s Landing, a Washington Gem

NPOTA Entity: Ebey’s Landing  RS02 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Oct 1, 2016 Portable operation: Yes at picnic table in Coupevdlle, WA Radio: Elecraft KX2/KXPA100 operating at 50 watts Antenna: SOTABeams dipole Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,300 miles with KD2D in New York Hike in: No Solo operation: No, with Guy (N7UN/NS0TA) Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The couple says “Hi, Paul, … More Ebey’s Landing, a Washington Gem

You did that to my pig on San Juan Island!!!

NPOTA Entity: San Juan Islands  HP41 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Oct 2, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2/KXPA100 operating at 50 watts Antenna: SOTABeams Dipole Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,400 miles with Bruce N1LN in North Carolina Hike in: Yes, 1/4 mile Solo operation: No, with Guy (N7UN/NS0TA) Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 It all started with a pig and more precisely … More You did that to my pig on San Juan Island!!!

Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park

NPOTA Entity: Olympic National Park NP44 SOTA summit: Hurricane Hill W7W/NO-086  Activation Date: Sept 30, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,500 miles with K2JB in North Carolina Hike in: Yes, ~3.2 miles roundtrip and 500 ft of ascent Solo operation: No, with Guy (N7UN/NS0TA) Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 … More Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park

Scrambling in Olympic National Park

NPOTA Entity: Olympic National Park NP44 SOTA summit: Mt Angeles  W7W/NO-045  Activation Date: Sept 30, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,200 miles with Luther N4DA in Georgia Hike in: Yes, ~3.6 miles round trip and 2,000 ft of ascent to a peak at ~6.500ft  Solo operation: No, … More Scrambling in Olympic National Park

May Hill, my 500th

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: May Hill  G/WB-019  Activation Date: Sept 23, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~1,250 miles with Vladimir, EU2MM in Belarus  Hike in: Yes, about two miles roundtrip Solo operation: With brother Matthew Recommend: Yes O2 Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The lane is so narrow the car … More May Hill, my 500th