Death Valley’s Mysterious Moving Rocks

SOTA summit: Ubehebe Peak, W6/CD-014 Activation Date: Feb 9, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Hike:  ~4.5 miles and ~2,200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Yes Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 It hasn’t changed one bit in two years. It’s still a … More Death Valley’s Mysterious Moving Rocks

Hitting the Wall, a Death Valley High

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley NP NS20 SOTA summit: Telescope Peak, W6/CD-003 Activation Date: Dec 11, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ????? Hike:  ~13 miles and ~3,100ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: None Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 The fire has died … More Hitting the Wall, a Death Valley High

Wildrose Peak in Death Valley National Park

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley NP NS20 SOTA summit: Wildrose Peak, W6/ND-014 Activation Date: Dec 10, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: VA2MO, Eric in Quebec, Canada Hike in:  4.1 miles and ~2,100ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: None Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek … More Wildrose Peak in Death Valley National Park

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…

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

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

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