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

100th Unique Activation

SOTA summit: Lamberton Hill GM/SS-286 Activation Date: May 31, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8G and Elecraft KX2 Antenna: LNR 40/20 trail friendly end fed and Slim Jim 2m/70cm hanging from mast Bands used: 40m, 2m and 70cm Furthest QSO: ~900 miles with EA2CKX in Northern Spain Hike in: Yes, ~.5 miles roundtrip and 200 ft ascent … More 100th Unique Activation

Gold comes in many forms

SOTA summit: Gold Mountain W6/CT-053  Activation Date: Nov 14, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: Buddipole in vertical configuration Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~6,625 miles with John Shaw, ZL1BYZ in New Zealand Hike in: Yes, ~7.6 miles roundtrip and 1,400 ft of ascent to ~8,200ft Solo operation: No, with Dave Coulter Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Soon after buying my … More Gold comes in many forms

Ebey’s Landing, a Washington Gem

NPOTA Entity: Ebey’s Landing  RS02 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Oct 1, 2016 Portable operation: Yes at picnic table in Coupevdlle, WA Radio: Elecraft KX2/KXPA100 operating at 50 watts Antenna: SOTABeams dipole Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,300 miles with KD2D in New York Hike in: No Solo operation: No, with Guy (N7UN/NS0TA) Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The couple says “Hi, Paul, … More Ebey’s Landing, a Washington Gem

You did that to my pig on San Juan Island!!!

NPOTA Entity: San Juan Islands  HP41 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Oct 2, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2/KXPA100 operating at 50 watts Antenna: SOTABeams Dipole Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,400 miles with Bruce N1LN in North Carolina Hike in: Yes, 1/4 mile Solo operation: No, with Guy (N7UN/NS0TA) Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 It all started with a pig and more precisely … More You did that to my pig on San Juan Island!!!

Scrambling in Olympic National Park

NPOTA Entity: Olympic National Park NP44 SOTA summit: Mt Angeles  W7W/NO-045  Activation Date: Sept 30, 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: ~2,200 miles with Luther N4DA in Georgia Hike in: Yes, ~3.6 miles round trip and 2,000 ft of ascent to a peak at ~6.500ft  Solo operation: No, … More Scrambling in Olympic National Park

May Hill, my 500th

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: May Hill  G/WB-019  Activation Date: Sept 23, 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: ~1,250 miles with Vladimir, EU2MM in Belarus  Hike in: Yes, about two miles roundtrip Solo operation: With brother Matthew Recommend: Yes O2 Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The lane is so narrow the car … More May Hill, my 500th

Why are sheep color coded on Fan Brycheiniog?

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Fan Brycheiniog GW/SW-003 (8 points) Activation Date: Sept 22, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m and 40m operating SSB (voice) Furthest QSO: ~3,200 miles with W1OW in Mass, USA Hike in: Yes, ~7.5 miles r/t and 1,700 ft of ascent Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes O2 Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek … More Why are sheep color coded on Fan Brycheiniog?

Fan Fawr – Propelled by Welsh Cakes

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Fan Fawr GW/SW-005 (6 points) Activation Date: Sept 21, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m and 40m, SSB (voice) Furthest QSO: ~1,250 miles with OH3GZ in Finland Hike in: Yes, 2.2 miles r/t and 800 ft of ascent. Start from Storey Arms parking area. Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes … More Fan Fawr – Propelled by Welsh Cakes

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