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

Searching for the Galactic Core

SOTA summit: W6/SD-037 (Inspiration Benchmark in Joshua Tree National Park, Cal) Activation Date: September 21st, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts and Yeasu VX8 at 5 watts Antenna: LNR End Fed 20/40m plus 2m slim jim Bands used: 40m, 20m and 2m Furthest QSO: North Carolina Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with David Coulter ATT … More Searching for the Galactic Core

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

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!!!

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

Gaylor Peak in Yosemite National Park

NPOTA Entity: Yosemite NP58 SOTA summit: Gaylor Peak  W6/ND-387  Activation Date: August 6, 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, 2 miles round trip and 1,000 ft ascent from Tioga Pass, Yosemite NP Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Absolutely!! Incredible … More Gaylor Peak in Yosemite National Park

One mug to rule them all

NPOTA Entity: NP41 SOTA summit: W7W/RS-050 Activation Date: June 6th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-10m Bands used: 20m Furthest QSO: ~2,500 with K1KA in New Hampshire using SSB at 10 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes. Incredible views, somewhat strenuous but easy to follow pretty trail ATT Coverage: Great … More One mug to rule them all

Scooter; Not the Muppet Stage Manager

NPOTA Entity: MN06 SOTA summit: W6/SE-021 Activation Date: May 11th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes using K1JD home brew battery  Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 10 watts Antenna: End fed per WS0TA and K1JD design Bands used: 40m and 20m Furthest QSO: ~1,500 miles with W4DOW, Virginia  using SSB at 10 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: With K1JD and WS0OTA ATT Coverage: Hopeless…resorted to a sat pone Photos: Copyright … More Scooter; Not the Muppet Stage Manager