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….

Left for Ring

NPOTA Entity: N/A  SOTA summit: Ring Mountain, W7Y/EW-020 Activation Date: July 28, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: NE4TN in Tennessee  Hike in: 1.5 miles r/t and ~500ft ascent  Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: OK Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 I always have mixed feels when leaving the apparent safety and comfort … More Left for Ring

The Good Life State

NPOTA Entity: Scott’s Bluff National Monument MN66 SOTA summit: Scott’s Bluff, W0N/PH-005 Activation Date: July 27, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: AC1Z, New England Hike in: Few 100 yards and 100 feet elevation Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Fine Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 Metro Denver recedes in the rear view mirror … More The Good Life State

Blown

NPOTA Entity: Great Basin National Park NP24 SOTA summit: Wheeler Peak, W7N/WP-001 Activation Date: Oct 14, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: None, complete failure!! Hike in: 8.4 miles r/t and ~2,800ft ascent  Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes, in summer ATT Coverage: Atrocious Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 The smoke seemed a tireless dance … More Blown

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

A Mammoth undertaking

SOTA summit: Mammoth Mountain W6/SN-033 Activation Date: July 8, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 at 10 watts Antenna: LNR endfed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,200 miles with Rich, N4EX Hike in: No, a gondola ride at a princely price of $60 for 2 GaiaPro track: None, just ride the gondola! Solo operation: No, with … More A Mammoth undertaking

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