Activating a “Cinder Cone”, April 17, 2016

NPOTA Entity: MN50 SOTA summit: W6/NE-194 Activation Date: April 17th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes using A123 batteries Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12-15 watts Antenna: AlexLoop magnetic loop 20m and LNR End Fed on 40m Bands used: 40m and 20m Furthest QSO: ~2,700 miles with K1Ro, New Hampshire  using SSB at 15 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Ron Adams (W6PZA) ATT Coverage: Spotty on Schonchin, great … More Activating a “Cinder Cone”, April 17, 2016

Tule Lake Segregation Camp, NPOTA NM31

NPOTA Entity: NM31 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: April 18th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 15 watts Antenna: AlexLoop magnetic loop 40-10m Bands used: 40m, 20m  Furthest QSO: ~2,700 mile to W1RO in New Hampshire Hike in: No Solo operation: No, with Ron W6PZA ATT Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The landscape has changed quickly. Lava is replaced by water, … More Tule Lake Segregation Camp, NPOTA NM31

An Inspired Cactus Paulus

NPOTA Entity: NP32 SOTA summit: W6/SD-037 Activation Date: March 14th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12-15 watts Antenna: AlexLoop magnetic loop 40-10m Bands used: 40m, 20m, 15m (12 watts) Furthest QSO: 5,589 miles with JH1RFZ in Tokyo, Japan using SSB at 12 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: Yes ATT Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Failure … More An Inspired Cactus Paulus

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

San Francisco Maritime Park (HP40) February 7th, 2016

NPOTA Entity: San Francisco Maritime Historic Park HP40 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: February 7th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes Solo hike: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Early morning has brought out runners, rowers, swimmers, tourists, fisherman and me, all seeking something from Aquatic Park here in San Francisco. El Nino has temporarily departed and made way for … More San Francisco Maritime Park (HP40) February 7th, 2016

Sunset Peak (W6/CT-022)

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: W6/CT-022 Activation Date: Jan 28, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Hike in: Yes Solo hike: With Scott AK6Q ATT Coverage: Variable Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Trail details: 7 miles round trip and approximately 1300 ft of ascent. Partially covered trail to exposed summit. The corrugated iron, dulled with rust had a patchwork of color that seemed to match the surrounding dirt … More Sunset Peak (W6/CT-022)