A Day of Firsts on Minch Moor

SOTA summit: Minch Moor, Scotland GM/SS-133 Activation Date: Oct 11, 2018 Unique: Yes and my 150th Call sign used: MM0SNA/P Portable operation: Yes Radio: KX3 and 1296Mhz SG-Labs transverter Antenna: 4 element Arrow 2m Yagi and SG-Labs provided 2 element Yagi Bands used: 2m and 23cm Hike:  ~2.5 miles and ~1,300ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Hike and AZ profile: Well defined … More A Day of Firsts on Minch Moor

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

Give me a Wild Boar

SOTA summit: Wild Boar Fell, G/NP-007 Activation Date: Sept 25, 2018 Call sign used: M/W6PNG/P Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu VX-8G on 2m FM Antenna: 2m roll up J Pole hanging at 15 ft Bands used: 2m Hike:  ~4.5 miles and ~1400ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018

What’s in a name, Bridger Peak, Wyoming?

SOTA summit: Bridger Peak , W7Y/SW-007 Activation Date: July 30, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB and KX3 at 7 watts digital FT8 Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands and Modes used: 20m SSB and FT8 Hike:  ~7.5 miles and ~1,200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Spotty Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 … More What’s in a name, Bridger Peak, Wyoming?

Oh ye of little faith……my journey with an AlexLoop

A few months back I had an opportunity to present at the Lothians Radio Society in Edinburgh, Scotland on Wilderness Radio and it inevitably had me reflect on the last three years; destinations, experiences, gear, successes, failures, surprises, does and dont’s etc. Antennas are a key part of any successful radio station and understandably a … More Oh ye of little faith……my journey with an AlexLoop

322 miles 2m SSB, Rubers Law, Scotland

SOTA summit: Rubers Law, GM/SS-210 Activation Date: August 21, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Yaesu 857D operating at 20 watts HF SSB and 30 watts 2m SSB Antenna: AlexLoop 10-40m magnetic loop and 4 element 2m Yagi Bands used: 2m, 20m and 40m Hike:  ~2.4 miles and ~800ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 … More 322 miles 2m SSB, Rubers Law, Scotland

Longer, sometimes wrong way to Peel Fell

SOTA summit: Peel Fell, G/SB-004 Activation Date: June 28, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Hike:  ~10 miles and ~1700ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Maybe Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 World Cup fever grips the country including this piece of nowhere as … More Longer, sometimes wrong way to Peel Fell

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

The Story of Ros Castle

SOTA summit: Ros Castle, G/SB-009 Activation Date: June 10, 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:  ~3/4 miles and ~200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes Cell Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 It drifted up … More The Story of Ros Castle