10m, I love you!

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: ARRL DX SSB, 48 hours over March 3 and 4th, 2018 Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 100 watts SSB Antenna: Buddipole dipoles, verticals and “experimental” Yagis and OCF wire dipole Bands used: 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….we sat for 48 hours (ouch) Solo … More 10m, I love you!

Contest starts, station down!

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: ARRL DX SSB, 48 hours over March 3 and 4th, 2018 Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 100 watts SSB Antenna: Buddipole dipoles, verticals and “experimental” Yagis and OCF wire dipole Bands used: 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….we sat for 48 hours (ouch) Solo … More Contest starts, station down!

Hitting the Wall, a Death Valley High

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley NP NS20 SOTA summit: Telescope Peak, W6/CD-003 Activation Date: Dec 11, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ????? Hike:  ~13 miles and ~3,100ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: None Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 The fire has died … More Hitting the Wall, a Death Valley High

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

Magic happens…Australia calling

SOTA summit: Temple Hill  W6/SC-369  Activation Date: November 26, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft K2 operating at 50 watts Antenna: Buddipole in full length dipole configuration Bands used: 15m, 12m and 17m Furthest QSO: ~7,750 miles with VK1AD near Canberra, Australia Hike in: Yes  Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Almost 8,000 miles apart with completely different journeys to our chosen “peaks” … More Magic happens…Australia calling

A Noble Journey

NPOTA Entity: NP38 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: April 17th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 With KXPA100 operating at 65 watts Antenna: Buddipole vertical Bands used: 40m, 20m Furthest QSO: ~xxxx mile to XXXX Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Ron W6PZA ATT Coverage: Terrible, used the sat phone and kb6cio was … More A Noble Journey

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

Keller Peak (W6/CT-013) September 27, 2015

Summit: W6/CT-013 Activation Date: September 27, 2015 ATT Data Coverage: Very good ATT Voice coverage: Not sure but presumed to be OK APRS Coverage: Not sure Hike stats: Drive-up when gate open (typically 9-5pm and road OK). Elected to hike from from locked gate; 1.5 miles roundtrip and 600′ ascent up to 7,882′, walk on paved road and exposed summit. The look … More Keller Peak (W6/CT-013) September 27, 2015