Guns, Pigeons and Beer

Location: Pigeon Island National Landmark, Saint Lucia (14″05’39N, 60″57’53E)  SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Dec 7, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12 watts Antenna: Buddipole in dipole configuration Bands used: 17m Furthest QSO: ~1,100 miles with Les Chris, 6Y6Y in Jamaica on 17m Hike in: Yes, ~2 miles roundtrip and 300 ft of ascent to 300 ft Solo operation: No with Chris Drummond Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: N/A Photos: Copyright … More Guns, Pigeons and Beer

Of Kitesurfing, Piton and Supermarkets

Location: Plantation Beach, Saint Lucia (14″05’12N,60’55’40E)  SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Dec 6, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12 watts Antenna: Buddipole in vertical configuration Bands used: 17m and 20m Furthest QSO: ~5,900 miles with RU3GB in Russia on 17m Hike in: Yes, ~1 miles roundtrip and zero ft of ascent to zero ft Solo operation: Partially….while Chris Drummond kitesurfed Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: N/A Photos: Copyright … More Of Kitesurfing, Piton and Supermarkets

Just like the English Lake District!!

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: W6/SC-029 Activation Date: May 25th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 5 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-20m Bands used: 40m, 20m Furthest QSO: 2,200 miles with K4MF in Florida using SSB at 5 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes. Great views, not too strenuous and easy to follow pretty trail ATT Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek … More Just like the English Lake District!!

Day Two in New Mexico; Cerro Pelon and Lobato Mesa

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Cerro Pelon W5N/SE-025 and Lobato Mesa W5N/SE-031 Activation Date: May 10, 2016 Portable operation: Yes using home brew battery pack (K1JD’s design) Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12-15 watts Antenna: Home brew End Fed on 20m & 40m Bands used: 40m and 20m Furthest QSO: 1,000 miles with W7CAR using SSB at 15 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Fred Maas  (WS0TA) and John de … More Day Two in New Mexico; Cerro Pelon and Lobato Mesa

First taste of New Mexico; Capilla and Osha

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Capilla Peak W5N/SI-006 and Osha Peak W5N/SI-007 Activation Date: May 9, 2016 Portable operation: Yes using home brew battery pack (K1JD’s design) Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12-15 watts Antenna: Home brew End Fed on 20m & 40m Bands used: 40m and 20m Furthest QSO: 1,200 miles with NE4TN using SSB at 15 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Fred Maas (WS0TA) and John … More First taste of New Mexico; Capilla and Osha

A Noble Journey

NPOTA Entity: NP38 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: April 17th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 With KXPA100 operating at 65 watts Antenna: Buddipole vertical Bands used: 40m, 20m Furthest QSO: ~xxxx mile to XXXX Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Ron W6PZA ATT Coverage: Terrible, used the sat phone and kb6cio was … More A Noble Journey

Activating a “Cinder Cone”, April 17, 2016

NPOTA Entity: MN50 SOTA summit: W6/NE-194 Activation Date: April 17th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes using A123 batteries Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12-15 watts Antenna: AlexLoop magnetic loop 20m and LNR End Fed on 40m Bands used: 40m and 20m Furthest QSO: ~2,700 miles with K1Ro, New Hampshire  using SSB at 15 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Ron Adams (W6PZA) ATT Coverage: Spotty on Schonchin, great … More Activating a “Cinder Cone”, April 17, 2016

Tule Lake Segregation Camp, NPOTA NM31

NPOTA Entity: NM31 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: April 18th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 15 watts Antenna: AlexLoop magnetic loop 40-10m Bands used: 40m, 20m  Furthest QSO: ~2,700 mile to W1RO in New Hampshire Hike in: No Solo operation: No, with Ron W6PZA ATT Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The landscape has changed quickly. Lava is replaced by water, … More Tule Lake Segregation Camp, NPOTA NM31