Buzzed on Black Hill

SOTA summit: Black Hill, Scotland GM/SS-253 Activation Date: Oct 11, 2018 Unique: Yes and my 151st Call sign used: MM0SNA/P Portable operation: Yes Radio: KX3 and 1296Mhz SG-Labs transverter Antenna: End Fed and SG-Labs provided 2 element Yagi Bands used: 20m, 40m and 23cm Hike:  ~1.4 miles and ~600ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No with Gerald (G4OIG) Recommend: Unequivocally! Cell … More Buzzed on Black Hill

Scotland to California on 10 watts

SOTA summit: Spartleton, GM/SS-182 Activation Date: June 22, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8 5 watts FM and Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: J Pole and LNR End Fed Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~3 miles and ~700ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018   I’ve driven past … More Scotland to California on 10 watts

Becoming Intermediate

It’s really quite a comprehensive process similar in format and concept to the Foundation assessment and examination I took earlier in the year and once again the assessment is unique relative to the US licensing process that is exam centric only. The most obvious benefits in attaining a UK ham Intermediate license are an increase … More Becoming Intermediate

Practically Intermediate

The UK has three ham license levels; Foundation, Intermediate and Full. Having just completed my Foundation my energy is focused on the next level. Similar to the Foundation but different to the US approach, the Intermediate has a practical assessment followed by a multiple choice exam. The difference is the practical and while the Foundation … More Practically Intermediate

Foundation; Start of a journey through a different “Trilogy”

As some of you know I grew up in the UK and despite decades of living in the US, I still have a bit of an English accent. Words, vernacular and generally the way I speak is American, just with an English accent. The last hold out was tomato and when this was pronounced the … More Foundation; Start of a journey through a different “Trilogy”

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