Date: 7 April 2012
Time: Approx. 2000 UTC – 2300 UTC
Region: CO-Front Range
Elevation: 2520 m / 8268 ft – 2 Points
Call Sign: KDØBIK
Frequencies: 14.342.5-ssb, 18.157.5-ssb, 28.327.5-ssb, +/- 146.52-fm
Equipment: FT-817ND / Buddipole versatee vertical
(still anxiously awaiting delivery of the KX3)
This will be my first SOTA activation in 2012 and my third since being bitten really hard by the SOTA bug back in the fall of 2011. I’d like to say it was the harsh, Colorado winter weather that kept me away. But it’s actually been a mild winter with many weekends suitable for an activation. But if you’ve followed my recent blogging, you know I’ve also been actively working on the new basement ham shack. Anyway, this activation will be slightly different than my previous two solo activations. More about this in a minute.
Steve Galchutt, wGØAT invited me to assist him in the WØ region by serving as the regional manager for the central Colorado area. I proudly accepted and part of my role is to help promote Summits On The Air throughout the Greater Denver Metro area. If you missed my blog post from earlier in the week. Please visit and book mark our new WØ-SOTA.org website.
The 285 Tech Club has invited me to present SOTA this coming Saturday at their monthly meeting with the option to do an activation after the meeting. When I originally agreed to do this (about two months ago) I wasn’t sure what sort of weather conditions we might face. Thankfully, Mother Nature must also be a SOTA enthusiast and looks to bless us with a beautiful Easter weekend.
Here’s why this SOTA activation will be slightly different. The meeting starts at 10 AM local (1600 z). I will begin my SOTA presentation around 11AM and plan to wrap by 12 (12:30 at the latest). Those who are planning to attend the activation demonstration will leave the meeting facility, stop for a quick bite to eat and then drive to Genesee Mountain.
Genesee Mountain is located just outside of the Denver Metro area. It is accessible off of I-70 as the highway begins to gain in elevation through the foothills of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. As you can see from the image below, Genesee Mountain Road goes all the way to the top.
I’m told to expect an interest from our older generation of hams and with this in mind, will take advantage of the road to the top. We’ll take a casual stroll down 100’ and then back up to make the activation legal. So this is why I can’t with any high degree of accuracy predict exactly when we’ll be on the air.
We plan to setup two HF stations. One on 20m and the second on 17m. We will also monitor and attempt QSO’s on 146.52. I have also listed 10m as a possible option. Depending on time and interest, we may or may not get to that band.
I’m really excited to be able to share all the wonderful aspects of the Summits on the Air program with this amateur radio club. If you listen to my amateur radio podcast, the practical amateur radio podcast, you know I take my Elmer role very seriously and passionately. I’m truly honored to have been given the opportunity to show others just how fun SOTA actually is. Please listen towards Colorado for us.
Well that just about does it for this activation alert. All that is left to do is…well go and activate Genesee Mountain. Besides this activation alert, I’ll post my activation intentions in all the usual places. But I’m also going to Self-Spot via Amateur Radio to Twitter. If you want to know more about what I’m talking about…please make sure to read this blog post.
Until next time….
73 de KDØBIK (Jerry)