Searching for the Galactic Core

SOTA summit: W6/SD-037 (Inspiration Benchmark in Joshua Tree National Park, Cal) Activation Date: September 21st, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts and Yeasu VX8 at 5 watts Antenna: LNR End Fed 20/40m plus 2m slim jim Bands used: 40m, 20m and 2m Furthest QSO: North Carolina Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with David Coulter ATT … More Searching for the Galactic Core

Ken’s Better and The High Chaparral

SOTA summit: Bren’s Better W7A/PE-077 Activation Date: Jan 30th, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 Antenna: Homebrew endfed Bands used: 20m Furthest QSO: ~2,250 miles with N1GB in Vermont Hike in: Yes, few miles roundtrip and 1,000 ft ascent Solo operation: With Guy, NS0TA (aka N7UN) Recommend: Yes My wife always offers up commiseration when commenting that we … More Ken’s Better and The High Chaparral

A hiss and a rattle on my way to Pt 9060

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Pt 9060  W6/ND-015  Activation Date: August 5, 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, ~3.5 miles round trip and 900 ft ascent from Bodie SHP Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Somewhat ATT Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright … More A hiss and a rattle on my way to Pt 9060

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

Castle Mountain….the middle of nowhere

NPOTA Entity:  Castle Mountain National Monument  MN83 Mojave National Preserve  PV13 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: March 18th/19th, 2016 Portable operation: No Hike in: No Solo operation: Yes ATT Coverage: None what so ever Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The Rubicon pulled up next to mine and the driver asked if I was OK. “All good” I replied “and I’m setting up a ham station”. … More Castle Mountain….the middle of nowhere