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

A mountain with no name…Pt 8126 (W6/ND-041) Sunday September 13, 2015

Summit: W6/ND-041 Activation Date: September 13, 2015 ATT Data Coverage: Very good ATT Voice coverage: Not sure but presumed to be OK APRS Coverage: Not sure Hike stats: 1 miles roundtrip and 300′ ascent up to 8,216′, covered trail and exposed summit. California’s water history can’t be told without reference to the astute LA city planners that around the early 1900s … More A mountain with no name…Pt 8126 (W6/ND-041) Sunday September 13, 2015

Nevada’s highest, almost a walk in the park (Boundary Peak, W7N/EM-001)

Summit: W7N/EM-001 Activation Date: September 12, 2015 ATT Data Coverage: Very good ATT Voice coverage: Not sure but presumed to be OK APRS Coverage: Not sure Hike stats: 11 miles roundtrip and 4,500′ ascent up to 13,140′, exposed trail and summit. The original and now rather ludicrous plan was to first activate Montgomery and then Boundary would be a “bonus” on … More Nevada’s highest, almost a walk in the park (Boundary Peak, W7N/EM-001)

Hey Reversed Peak, what’s going on here? (W6/SS-276)

Summit: W6/SS-276 Activation Date: September 11, 2015 ATT Data Coverage: Very good ATT Voice coverage: Not sure but presumed to be OK APRS Coverage: Good Hike stats: 5-6 miles roundtrip and ~1600′ ascent, exposed trail and summit (last 200 ft of elevation is class 3) This is turning into a little bit of a comedy of errors. I tried Reversed Peak … More Hey Reversed Peak, what’s going on here? (W6/SS-276)