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

Ken’s Better and The High Chaparral

SOTA summit: Bren’s Better W7A/PE-077 Activation Date: Jan 30th, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 Antenna: Homebrew endfed Bands used: 20m Furthest QSO: ~2,250 miles with N1GB in Vermont Hike in: Yes, few miles roundtrip and 1,000 ft ascent Solo operation: With Guy, NS0TA (aka N7UN) Recommend: Yes My wife always offers up commiseration when commenting that we … More Ken’s Better and The High Chaparral

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

Sticky toffee pudding has taken its toll

SOTA summit: The Cheviot G/SB-001 Activation Date: June 2, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8G Antenna: Slim Jim 2m/70cm hanging from mast Bands used: 2m and 70cm Furthest QSO: ~50 miles with M0TLX in Gateshead area Hike in: Yes, ~3.5 miles roundtrip and 2,000 ft ascent Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Its unfair to single out the … More Sticky toffee pudding has taken its toll

A Bernese First

SOTA summit: Gurten HB/BE-111 Activation Date: May 16, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR 40/20/10 End Fed Bands used: 40m/20m Furthest QSO: ~xxxx Hike in: Yes Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 We love cars in California. So much so we … More A Bernese First

Gold comes in many forms

SOTA summit: Gold Mountain W6/CT-053  Activation Date: Nov 14, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: Buddipole in vertical configuration Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~6,625 miles with John Shaw, ZL1BYZ in New Zealand Hike in: Yes, ~7.6 miles roundtrip and 1,400 ft of ascent to ~8,200ft Solo operation: No, with Dave Coulter Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Soon after buying my … More Gold comes in many forms

Magic happens…Australia calling

SOTA summit: Temple Hill  W6/SC-369  Activation Date: November 26, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft K2 operating at 50 watts Antenna: Buddipole in full length dipole configuration Bands used: 15m, 12m and 17m Furthest QSO: ~7,750 miles with VK1AD near Canberra, Australia Hike in: Yes  Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 Almost 8,000 miles apart with completely different journeys to our chosen “peaks” … More Magic happens…Australia calling

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