Oh ye of little faith……my journey with an AlexLoop

A few months back I had an opportunity to present at the Lothians Radio Society in Edinburgh, Scotland on Wilderness Radio and it inevitably had me reflect on the last three years; destinations, experiences, gear, successes, failures, surprises, does and dont’s etc. Antennas are a key part of any successful radio station and understandably a … More Oh ye of little faith……my journey with an AlexLoop

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

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

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….

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

Gaylor Peak in Yosemite National Park

NPOTA Entity: Yosemite NP58 SOTA summit: Gaylor Peak  W6/ND-387  Activation Date: August 6, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,400 to George N1GB using SSB at 10 watts Hike in: Yes, 2 miles round trip and 1,000 ft ascent from Tioga Pass, Yosemite NP Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Absolutely!! Incredible … More Gaylor Peak in Yosemite National Park

One mug to rule them all

NPOTA Entity: NP41 SOTA summit: W7W/RS-050 Activation Date: June 6th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m Furthest QSO: ~2,500 with K1KA in New Hampshire using SSB at 10 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes. Incredible views, somewhat strenuous but easy to follow pretty trail ATT Coverage: Great … More One mug to rule them all

Having a heat wave, escape to Saddle Mountain

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: W7O/NC-004 Activation Date: June 5th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-20m Bands used: 40m, 20m Furthest QSO: ~2,400 miles with N1EU in NY using SSB at 10 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes. Great views, not too strenuous and easy to follow pretty trail ATT … More Having a heat wave, escape to Saddle Mountain