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

Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park

NPOTA Entity: Olympic National Park NP44 SOTA summit: Hurricane Hill W7W/NO-086  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: ~2,500 miles with K2JB in North Carolina Hike in: Yes, ~3.2 miles roundtrip and 500 ft of ascent Solo operation: No, with Guy (N7UN/NS0TA) Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 … More Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park

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