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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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Activation Alert: WØ/FR-185 (Centennial Cone) –2640m / 8661ft

  Date:            29 September 2012 Time:           Approx.    1600 UTC – 1800 UTC Region:        CO-Front Range Elevation:    2640 m / 8661 ft – 2 Points Call Sign:     KDØBIK & KDØSPY Frequencies:     14.342.5-ssb, 18.157.5-ssb, 28.327.5-ssb,  +/-  146.52-fm Equipment: Elecraft KX3 / Buddipole … Continue reading

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First Aid and SOTA

When I was a Boy Scout, a first aid kit was something you never left home without.  I remember building my own small first aid kit (FAK) and packed the contents into a Sucrets tin.   By the way, Sucrets have … Continue reading

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Plan B?

Do you have a plan B?  What about even a plan C?  Here in the WØ association there are many SOTA summits which have never been activated.  Do we know why?  Sometimes, but not always.  Of course the obvious reason … Continue reading

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Choosing a Backpack for SOTA

I’m often asked the question of what backpack I use for SOTA activations.  I gladly answer the question, but will also encourage the individual to conduct their own research into what will work best for them.  Also, much like the … Continue reading

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W0/FR-003 (Mount Evans) 4347m / 14,264ft

My fifth activation is complete.  On Tuesday, 3 July 2012 I successfully activated Mount Evans.  My wife and I were on vacation (or a staycation as we called it) and decided to take a day during our 9 day break … Continue reading

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Activation Alert: WØ/FR-003 (Mount Evans) –4347m / 14,264ft

Date:            3 July 2012 Time:           Approx.    1700 UTC – 1800 UTCRegion:        CO-Front RangeElevation:    4337 m / 14,264 ft – 10 PointsCall Sign:     KDØBIKFrequencies:     14.342.5-ssb, 18.157.5-ssb,  +/-  146.52-fm  Equipment: Elecraft KX3 (2nd activation / Buddipole versatee vertical APRS Track: On Road … Continue reading

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SOTA Fail, SOTA Success–All in one day

As I posted on Friday, I had every intention of activating Centennial Cone, W0/FR-185 on Saturday.  However, it just wasn’t to be.  But I turned a failed activation into some “lessons learned” and still managed to have my first QSO … Continue reading

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Activation Alert: WØ/FR-185 (Centennial Cone) –2640m / 8661ft

Date:            21 April 2012 Time:           Approx.    1600 UTC – 1800 UTCRegion:        CO-Front RangeElevation:    2640 m / 8661 ft – 2 PointsCall Sign:     KDØBIKFrequencies:     14.342.5-ssb, 18.157.5-ssb, 28.327.5-ssb,  +/-  146.52-fmI may also try PSK31 on 20m (14.070)  Equipment: Elecraft KX3 (maiden activation … Continue reading

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