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

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

322 miles 2m SSB, Rubers Law, Scotland

SOTA summit: Rubers Law, GM/SS-210 Activation Date: August 21, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu 857D operating at 20 watts HF SSB and 30 watts 2m SSB Antenna: AlexLoop 10-40m magnetic loop and 4 element 2m Yagi Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~2.4 miles and ~800ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 … More 322 miles 2m SSB, Rubers Law, Scotland

Scotland to California on 10 watts

SOTA summit: Spartleton, GM/SS-182 Activation Date: June 22, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8 5 watts FM and Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: J Pole and LNR End Fed Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~3 miles and ~700ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018   I’ve driven past … More Scotland to California on 10 watts

The Story of Ros Castle

SOTA summit: Ros Castle, G/SB-009 Activation Date: June 10, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8 5 watts FM and Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: J Pole and LNR End Fed Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~3/4 miles and ~200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 It drifted up … More The Story of Ros Castle

Foundation; Start of a journey through a different “Trilogy”

As some of you know I grew up in the UK and despite decades of living in the US, I still have a bit of an English accent. Words, vernacular and generally the way I speak is American, just with an English accent. The last hold out was tomato and when this was pronounced the … More Foundation; Start of a journey through a different “Trilogy”

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