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?

Loitering around the Laundress Quarters…..

NPOTA Entity: Ft Laramie National Historic Site NS20 SOTA summit: Chalk Mountain, W7Y/SW-161 Activation Date: July 29, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB and KX3 at 8 watts digital FT8 Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: ?? Hike in: 50 yards and ~10ft ascent.  Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: OK Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 Its history … More Loitering around the Laundress Quarters…..

The smell of cold pizza…

SOTA summit: Leg Mountain, W7Y/EW-017 Activation Date: July 28, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB and KX3 at 8 watts digital FT8 Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: ?? Hike in: 4 miles r/t and ~800ft ascent. My GPS track  Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: OK Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017   The card key … More The smell of cold pizza…

FT8-ing my way through Wyoming….

NPOTA Entity: N/A  SOTA summit: Jelm Mountain, W7Y/EW-006 Activation Date: July 28, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts SSB and KX3 at 8 watts digital FT8 Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: AC1Z in New England Hike in: 100 ft r/t and ~5ft  Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: OK-ish Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 Three reasons seem … More FT8-ing my way through Wyoming….

Left for Ring

NPOTA Entity: N/A  SOTA summit: Ring Mountain, W7Y/EW-020 Activation Date: July 28, 2017 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX2 operating at 10 watts Antenna: LNR End Fed Bands used: 20m  Furthest QSO: NE4TN in Tennessee  Hike in: 1.5 miles r/t and ~500ft ascent  Solo operation: No, with Guy N7UN Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: OK Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2017 I always have mixed feels when leaving the apparent safety and comfort … More Left for Ring