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

Why are sheep color coded on Fan Brycheiniog?

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Fan Brycheiniog GW/SW-003 (8 points) Activation Date: Sept 22, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m and 40m operating SSB (voice) Furthest QSO: ~3,200 miles with W1OW in Mass, USA Hike in: Yes, ~7.5 miles r/t and 1,700 ft of ascent Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes O2 Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek … More Why are sheep color coded on Fan Brycheiniog?

Fan Fawr – Propelled by Welsh Cakes

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Fan Fawr GW/SW-005 (6 points) Activation Date: Sept 21, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m and 40m, SSB (voice) Furthest QSO: ~1,250 miles with OH3GZ in Finland Hike in: Yes, 2.2 miles r/t and 800 ft of ascent. Start from Storey Arms parking area. Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes … More Fan Fawr – Propelled by Welsh Cakes

Pen Y Fan, Southern Wales Highest Peak

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Pen Y Fan GW/SW-001 (8 points) Activation Date: Sept 21, 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 OH3GZ in Finland Hike in: Yes, 4.5 miles r/t and 1,500 ft ascent. Park at either Storey Arms parking or south end of Taff … More Pen Y Fan, Southern Wales Highest Peak

Oslo, Norway; My first European activation

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Tryvannshogda LA/OS-003 (2 points) Activation Date: Sept  6, 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: ~800 miles to DJ2MX (Munich, Germany) Hike in: Yes, ~0.5 miles round trip and 500 ft ascent from Voksenkollen T Bane train station on Blue number 1 line (20 … More Oslo, Norway; My first European activation