Castle Mountain….the middle of nowhere

NPOTA Entity:  Castle Mountain National Monument  MN83 Mojave National Preserve  PV13 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: March 18th/19th, 2016 Portable operation: No Hike in: No Solo operation: Yes ATT Coverage: None what so ever Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The Rubicon pulled up next to mine and the driver asked if I was OK. “All good” I replied “and I’m setting up a ham station”. … More Castle Mountain….the middle of nowhere

A Santa Ana Hat Trick

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summits: Santiago Peak  W6/CT-023 Modjeska Peak  W6/CT-026 Trabuco Peak  W6/CT-031 Activation Date: March 24th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes Solo hike: No, with Scott (AK6Q) ATT Coverage: Generally good Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The Jeep lurched to the left as it sunk further into the rut only to ride out again and continue its forward journey. The road is in rough shape; … More A Santa Ana Hat Trick

Speedway and Kratka Ridge, March 4, 2016

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Kratka Ridge W6/CT-014 Activation Date: March 4th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes Solo hike: Yes ATT Coverage: Good to great at Ridge Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Distance, elevation etc at: Kratka Ridge, Sept 2015 They come in groups of two or three with the lead setting the pace and the followers maintaining precise distance creating the impression of … More Speedway and Kratka Ridge, March 4, 2016

Five activations of San Francisco Historical Park in Feb 2016

NPOTA Entity: San Francisco Maritime Historic Park HP40 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Dates: February 7th, 15th and 23rd  (AlexLoop + 12watts) February 19th and 27th (Buddipole + 45 watts) Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes Solo hike: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The pier is decaying all around me. Parts are rusted, the concrete is weathered, some of its missing and … More Five activations of San Francisco Historical Park in Feb 2016

Imposters and persistance, Pt Peyes Feb 9, 2016

NPOTA Entity: Point Reyes National Seashore  SS10 SOTA summit: Pt Reyes Hill W6/CC-071  Activation Date: February 9th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes Solo hike: Yes ATT Coverage: None at Pt Reyes Hill and great by visitor centre (2nd operating location) Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Pt Reyes Seashore is a rugged area with amongst other things a history of dairy farming started … More Imposters and persistance, Pt Peyes Feb 9, 2016