Of Costa Rican wires, waves and digitals….

SOTA summit: N/A Location: Lat/Long 10.688425, -85.234327 Guayabo, Costa Rica Contest: N/A Portable operation: Suitecase DXPedition  Radio: Elecraft KX3, PX3 Panadapter and KXPA100  operating at 50 watts SSB Antenna: Buckmaster OCF wire dipole Bands used: 40m, 80m and 160m Hike:  None….graveyard shift in the gazebo Solo operation: Yes, just me while my team mates slept Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Yes Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 Harold (WJ1B) made … More Of Costa Rican wires, waves and digitals….

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

Skidoo, Skidoo

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley NP NS20 SOTA summit: Pt 6140, W6/ND-114 Activation Date: Dec 09, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: N1GB (love that call sign!!) in New England Hike in:  1/3 mile and ~160ft ascent.  Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: None Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 For … More Skidoo, Skidoo

Loitering around the Laundress Quarters…..

NPOTA Entity: Ft Laramie National Historic Site NS20 SOTA summit: Chalk Mountain, W7Y/SW-161 Activation Date: July 29, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB and KX3 at 8 watts digital FT8 Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: ?? Hike in: 50 yards and ~10ft ascent.  Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: OK Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 Its history … More Loitering around the Laundress Quarters…..

The smell of cold pizza…

SOTA summit: Leg Mountain, W7Y/EW-017 Activation Date: July 28, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB and KX3 at 8 watts digital FT8 Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: ?? Hike in: 4 miles r/t and ~800ft ascent. My GPS track  Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: OK Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017   The card key … More The smell of cold pizza…

FT8-ing my way through Wyoming….

NPOTA Entity: N/A  SOTA summit: Jelm Mountain, W7Y/EW-006 Activation Date: July 28, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB and KX3 at 8 watts digital FT8 Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: AC1Z in New England Hike in: 100 ft r/t and ~5ft  Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: OK-ish Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 Three reasons seem … More FT8-ing my way through Wyoming….