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….

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