Searching for the Galactic Core

SOTA summit: W6/SD-037 (Inspiration Benchmark in Joshua Tree National Park, Cal) Activation Date: September 21st, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts and Yeasu VX8 at 5 watts Antenna: LNR End Fed 20/40m plus 2m slim jim Bands used: 40m, 20m and 2m Furthest QSO: North Carolina Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with David Coulter ATT … More Searching for the Galactic Core

A Mammoth undertaking

SOTA summit: Mammoth Mountain W6/SN-033 Activation Date: July 8, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 at 10 watts Antenna: LNR endfed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,200 miles with Rich, N4EX Hike in: No, a gondola ride at a princely price of $60 for 2 GaiaPro track: None, just ride the gondola! Solo operation: No, with … More A Mammoth undertaking

Ken’s Better and The High Chaparral

SOTA summit: Bren’s Better W7A/PE-077 Activation Date: Jan 30th, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 Antenna: Homebrew endfed Bands used: 20m Furthest QSO: ~2,250 miles with N1GB in Vermont Hike in: Yes, few miles roundtrip and 1,000 ft ascent Solo operation: With Guy, NS0TA (aka N7UN) Recommend: Yes My wife always offers up commiseration when commenting that we … More Ken’s Better and The High Chaparral

100th Unique Activation

SOTA summit: Lamberton Hill GM/SS-286 Activation Date: May 31, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8G and Elecraft KX2 Antenna: LNR 40/20 trail friendly end fed and Slim Jim 2m/70cm hanging from mast Bands used: 40m, 2m and 70cm Furthest QSO: ~900 miles with EA2CKX in Northern Spain Hike in: Yes, ~.5 miles roundtrip and 200 ft ascent … More 100th Unique Activation

Sticky toffee pudding has taken its toll

SOTA summit: The Cheviot G/SB-001 Activation Date: June 2, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8G Antenna: Slim Jim 2m/70cm hanging from mast Bands used: 2m and 70cm Furthest QSO: ~50 miles with M0TLX in Gateshead area Hike in: Yes, ~3.5 miles roundtrip and 2,000 ft ascent Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Its unfair to single out the … More Sticky toffee pudding has taken its toll

A Bernese First

SOTA summit: Gurten HB/BE-111 Activation Date: May 16, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR 40/20/10 End Fed Bands used: 40m/20m Furthest QSO: ~xxxx Hike in: Yes Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 We love cars in California. So much so we … More A Bernese First

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