Death Valley’s Mysterious Moving Rocks

SOTA summit: Ubehebe Peak, W6/CD-014 Activation Date: Feb 9, 2018 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Hike:  ~4.5 miles and ~2,200ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Yes Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 It hasn’t changed one bit in two years. It’s still a … More Death Valley’s Mysterious Moving Rocks

Hitting the Wall, a Death Valley High

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley NP NS20 SOTA summit: Telescope Peak, W6/CD-003 Activation Date: Dec 11, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ????? Hike:  ~13 miles and ~3,100ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: None Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2018 The fire has died … More Hitting the Wall, a Death Valley High

Wildrose Peak in Death Valley National Park

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley NP NS20 SOTA summit: Wildrose Peak, W6/ND-014 Activation Date: Dec 10, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: VA2MO, Eric in Quebec, Canada Hike in:  4.1 miles and ~2,100ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc) Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: None Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek … More Wildrose Peak in Death Valley National Park

Skidoo, Skidoo

NPOTA Entity: Death Valley NP NS20 SOTA summit: Pt 6140, W6/ND-114 Activation Date: Dec 09, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: N1GB (love that call sign!!) in New England Hike in:  1/3 mile and ~160ft ascent.  Solo operation: No, with Rico M Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: None Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 For … More Skidoo, Skidoo

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