Do Prefectures have Prefects?

Location: The Study in Laguna Beach, California Contest: Japanese International DX Contest, ~2 hours over November 10/11, 2018 Contest Software Used: N1MM Portable operation: No Radio: Elecraft K3S  operating at 25-500 watts Antenna: Cushcraft R6000 vertical 20m-10m Bands used: 20m and 17m Modes used: FT8 and SSB Hike:  None….I sat for few hours each afternoon spread out over Thursday thru Saturday Solo operation: Just me … More Do Prefectures have Prefects?

Working the Oblasts

Location: Man Cave in Berwick-upon-Tweed Contest: Ukrainian DX Contest, 24 hours over November 3/4, 2018 Contest Software Used: N1MM Portable operation: No Radio: Yaesu 857D  operating at 100 watts SSB Antenna: Cirro Mazzoni Baby Loop Bands used: 40m and 20m Hike:  None….I sat for ~4 hours spread out over Saturday and Sunday Solo operation: Just me operating as M0SNA Recommend: Not really Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 No one … More Working the Oblasts

CQ Worldwide SSB 2018 from the Man Cave

Location: Man Cave in Berwick-upon-Tweed Contest: CQ Worldwide SSB, 48 hours over October 27 and 28, 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, 20m, 15m Hike:  None….I sat for ~16 hours (it was fun!) spread out over Saturday and Sunday Solo operation: Just me operating as … More CQ Worldwide SSB 2018 from the Man Cave

Where’s the wine bottle? A Death Valley Corkscrew

SOTA summit: Corkscrew, Death Valley, California W6/ND-137 Activation Date: Feb 11, 2018 Unique: Yes Call sign used: W6PNG Portable operation: Yes Radio: KX2 Antenna: LNR EndFed Band/Modes used: 40m and 20m SSB Hike:  ~7.3 miles and ~3,200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Hike and AZ profile: Well defined trail to peak and AZ is flat, exposed with zero trees Solo operation: No … More Where’s the wine bottle? A Death Valley Corkscrew

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?