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

Guns, Pigeons and Beer

Location: Pigeon Island National Landmark, Saint Lucia (14″05’39N, 60″57’53E)  SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Dec 7, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12 watts Antenna: Buddipole in dipole configuration Bands used: 17m Furthest QSO: ~1,100 miles with Les Chris, 6Y6Y in Jamaica on 17m Hike in: Yes, ~2 miles roundtrip and 300 ft of ascent to 300 ft Solo operation: No with Chris Drummond Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: N/A Photos: Copyright … More Guns, Pigeons and Beer

Of Kitesurfing, Piton and Supermarkets

Location: Plantation Beach, Saint Lucia (14″05’12N,60’55’40E)  SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Dec 6, 2016 Portable operation: Yes Radio: Elecraft KX3 operating at 12 watts Antenna: Buddipole in vertical configuration Bands used: 17m and 20m Furthest QSO: ~5,900 miles with RU3GB in Russia on 17m Hike in: Yes, ~1 miles roundtrip and zero ft of ascent to zero ft Solo operation: Partially….while Chris Drummond kitesurfed Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: N/A Photos: Copyright … More Of Kitesurfing, Piton and Supermarkets

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

Ebey’s Landing, a Washington Gem

NPOTA Entity: Ebey’s Landing  RS02 SOTA summit: N/A Activation Date: Oct 1, 2016 Portable operation: Yes at picnic table in Coupevdlle, WA Radio: Elecraft KX2/KXPA100 operating at 50 watts Antenna: SOTABeams dipole Bands used: 20m and 40m Furthest QSO: ~2,300 miles with KD2D in New York Hike in: No Solo operation: No, with Guy (N7UN/NS0TA) Recommend: Yes ATT Coverage: Excellent Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2016 The couple says “Hi, Paul, … More Ebey’s Landing, a Washington Gem