Author Archives: KD0BIK

SOTA on my Mind

Just a very quick update to let everyone know I’m still alive and still very much into SOTA or Summits on the Air.  If you follow my main amateur radio blog and my amateur radio podcast, the Practical Amateur Radio … Continue reading

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Portable Power Solutions for SOTA

In my last two blog postings I discussed suggestions and ideas for what might make the best radio and antenna setup for a typical SOTA activation.   In both articles (as is also the case for all content on this blog) … Continue reading

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Health, Diet and Exercise Content

Hello fellow hams, Based on the amount of emails I’ve received with both questions and encouragement, I know many have been inspired by my blog updates on my own progress to better health.  Since my amateur radio blog is picked … Continue reading

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What Antenna should I use for SOTA?

I figured it best to follow the “What Radio should I use for SOTA” posting with one about antennas.  Of course, the answer to this question really depends on what you have selected as your radio type.  Keeping it simple … Continue reading

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What Radio should I use for SOTA?

The short answer….It Depends!  When I decided to create my amateur radio podcast titled “The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast”, it was to be a mechanism to deliver practical content to the radio amateur.  The Podcast and my other new media … Continue reading

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Sorry for the long hiatus…

I’m starting to bring life back into my amateur radio podcast and my blogging.  I released PARP episode 61 today and also updated my main blog site with my results from my 2012 challenge of having a QSO each day.  … Continue reading

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A good hiking boot

As I’ve mentioned on this blog before (and is my opinion), the type of radio, the type of antenna and the type of battery is not as important as the boots you wear on your feet and the pack you … Continue reading

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First Multiple Activation – WØ/FR-030 and WØ/PR-082

What started out last week as a plan to activate one SOTA summit on Saturday, 3 November ended up becoming two activations and twelve activation points and a beautiful Saturday spent in the Rocky Mountains. While I realized both Squaw … Continue reading

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Activation Alert: WØ/PR-082 (Squaw Mountain) – 3501m / 11486ft

Date:            3 November 2012 Time:           Approx.    1600 UTC – 1800 UTC Region:        CO-Park Range Elevation:    3501 m / 11,486 ft – 6 Points Call Sign:     KDØBIK Frequencies:     14.342.5-ssb, 18.157.5-ssb, 28.327.5-ssb,  +/-  146.52-fm Equipment: Elecraft KX3 / Buddipole versatee vertical & … Continue reading

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WØ/FR-185 (Centennial Cone) 2640m / 8661ft

My sixth SOTA activation is in the books and just as I mentioned in the activation alert last week, a fisherman who keeps trying for the one that got away, may eventually land it.  So unlike my first attempt of … Continue reading

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