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

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

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

A hiss and a rattle on my way to Pt 9060

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Pt 9060  W6/ND-015  Activation Date: August 5, 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, ~3.5 miles round trip and 900 ft ascent from Bodie SHP Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Somewhat ATT Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright … More A hiss and a rattle on my way to Pt 9060

Something doesn’t smell right on Pt 9006

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: Pt 9006  W6/ND-016  Activation Date: August 5, 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 miles to George N1GB using SSB at 10 watts Hike in: Yes, 2.5  miles round trip and 1,000 ft ascent from just of highway 270 Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Yes … More Something doesn’t smell right on Pt 9006

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

Just like the English Lake District!!

NPOTA Entity: N/A SOTA summit: W6/SC-029 Activation Date: May 25th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 5 watts Antenna: LNR Trail Friendly end fed 40-20m Bands used: 40m, 20m Furthest QSO: 2,200 miles with K4MF in Florida using SSB at 5 watts Hike in: Yes Solo operation: Yes Recommend: Yes. Great views, not too strenuous and easy to follow pretty trail ATT Coverage: Great Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek … More Just like the English Lake District!!

A Noble Journey

NPOTA Entity: NP38 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: April 17th, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 With KXPA100 operating at 65 watts Antenna: Buddipole vertical Bands used: 40m, 20m Furthest QSO: ~xxxx mile to XXXX Hike in: Yes Solo operation: No, with Ron W6PZA ATT Coverage: Terrible, used the sat phone and kb6cio was … More A Noble Journey