Sunday, February 19, 2017

Please join us for Lynn's, KC0YQF, Mountain Goat Celebration !!! (FREE GIVEAWAY)

As Lynn, KC0YQF, nears in on becoming the FIRST North American female to achieve the Summits On The Air (S.O.T.A.) Mountain Goat status, Lynn and I want to extend our celebration to our chaser friends.

One person, who talks to Lynn during her next two activations (most likely the last weekend in Feb and the first weekend in Mar) and sends her a QSL, will have the chance to win a new, unbuilt Mountain Topper Version 2.

Here is what you need to do:
1. Work Lynn SSB on any band and during her next two activations


2. Send her a QSL card to confirm the QSO


Wait, you don't have a QSL card?

No problem, mail a post card (her school kids like the postcards that have colorful pictures from different places) or a piece of paper with the details of the QSO and that will work just as well.

We will wait approxiamtley 10 days after the Mountain Goat activation and pick the winner. The winner will be notified via email and on my blog here. That is it. I know there will be a lot of chasers wanting to work Lynn anyway but we wanted to have some fun and do something special for her SOTA chasers.

3 Band Version (Steve Weber designed and kitted) 

Ready to ship

Lynn has worked real hard to achieve this and we are both real excited about it. The chasers really make this SOTA stuff fun and we just want to show our appreciation to those that are out there chasing us every weekend.

From Wikipedia: The mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus), also known as the Rocky Mountain Goat, is a large hoofed mammal endemic to North America. A subalpine to alpine species, it is a sure-footed climber commonly seen on cliffs and ice.

I have not taken a lot of video lately but here are a few pictures from our last few activations:

Summit of 9036

K0JQZ on Knights Peak

K0JQZ on Threemile Mountain

View from Blue Mountain

KC0YQF playing in the watering hole

Mount Rosa from Knights Peak

KC0YQF on Threemile Mountain

SOTA Chariot

Lynn's top chasers so far:


Monday, January 16, 2017

9410 or W0C/FR-168

Lynn and I decided on a quick SOTA activation close to home. 9410 is one of our favorites. It is close and not a strenuous hike and it also qualifies for the 3 winter bonus points making it a 7 point summit vice a regular 4 pointer. 9410 is due South of Cheyenne Mountain. It is a treed summit with plenty of supports for antennas.

Our GPS Track
The APRS beacon from the summit

The temps were mild and we were stripping off layers soon after starting. Without any wind it was just down right warm. At least that is what 30 degrees and no wind feels like when you are hiking up hill... There where tracks all the way to the summit and it also looked like someone snowshoed up Grey Back Peak so it was an easy hike.

Looking West close to the TH

Our summit comes into view

Grey Back Peak in the distance

Lynn making her way up
View of Fort Carson from the summit

Mount Rosa in the distance

Lynn on 20 meter SSB

on 17 meter CW
This was a lot of fun and leaves Lynn with only 57 points left before Mountain Goat. We are getting excited as she moves in on this historic achievement that has been many years in the making.

The surprising contact was ZL1BYZ in New Zealand. He has a nice setup with a directional antenna and some power compared to my wire and 5 watts, What a thrill and it comes at a time when the bands are supposed to be dead!!!

Here is Lynn's Log from 9410:
20 Meter SSB

My Log:
40 Meters CW

17 Meters CW

It was a great time.

73 Frank

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Raspberry Mountain, finally!!!!

Al KH7AL, Lynn, KC0YQF, and I decided to get over to Raspberry Mountain to finally summit and get our traditional New Years Day hike out of the way. Albeit, a few days late.

It was much warmer at the TH this time. Almost 25 degrees warmer at 30 degrees. Since you are in a valley it really gets cold but as soon as you start moving you warm up. It is just that initial shock of low ambient temps that makes it so hard to get going.

None of us had been on this new trail and actually got off trail a bit. We notice several other people made the same mistake we made. Judging by the tracks in the snow, they went back and got on the trail and we just bushwhacked, confident that we would find the trail over a few ridges.

GPS Track
It was actually a very nice hike through the woods with no one else around. Al took off ahead of us and left us clues as to which way to go. Not that it was needed, as the snow was a foot or more deep so we just followed his tracks.

SOTA, this way
Not soon after we linked up again and ate lunch before heading to the summit.

This way to Raspberry

Lynn leading the way (photo by KH7AL)
Once on the summit Al setup his wire and broke out his KX3. After using the KX2 the KX3 looks so big!!! We all used Al's KX3, thanks Al.

We took turns on 2, 20, 30 and 40 meters and worked a lot of stations.

Al working 2 meters

Lynn on 20 meters SSB
Frank on 30 meters CW
Our shack for the day! (photo by KH7AL)
Pikes Peak
Looking towards Colorado Springs
Hike profile
The trail is a bit longer at almost 6 miles RT. Raspberry is a fun one and can be challenging in the winter if your not prepared.

It was a grand time with Al and Lynn.

73, Frank

Saturday, January 14, 2017

.....and the WINNER is!!!!!

The winner of the PigRig is Roy, AC9DN....

Roy, your kit will be mailed off next week, Tuesday at the earliest.

Thanks for all the entries, it is great to get all the emails and I actually have fun putting them into the software for selection.

The next giveaway will be during Lynn's, KC0YQF, Mountain Goat achievement. Would that technically be a Mountain Ew? Lynn is currently at 943 points. I was hoping to get her to 950 this weekend but a storm moving in may limit our weekend hiking activities.

Lynn has been working on this achievement since 2012 so this is going to be special, not only for Lynn but for SOTA as she will be the first female Mountain Goat in North America.

More to follow.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Another FREE Giveaway!!!!!

To start the new years off right I have another free giveaway.

This time it is a kit from Kits and Parts dot Com.

The PigRig number 63!

I ordered this kit in 2012 and never got around to building it so it is off to someone who will.

To win this all you have to do is email me your callsign to my ARRL address which is as follows:

No need to post on the blog as the email is a better way for me to keep track. No need for an essay or video on why you want it, just your callsign. I will compile all the entries and have the computer pick one. I will cut off all entires at 2359Z 14 Jan. (That is the evening of the 14th).

I really want someone who is going to build this kit so all I ask is that you have the intention to build and and if not you pass it on to someone that will. 

I think I limited the last giveaway to the USA so this time I will open it up worldwide. I am betting that I will be able to ship it about anywhere.

A little about the little QRP radio:
5 Watts Output using 13.6 VDC
One Freq 7.030.7 KHZ
Full QSK

The link above has more info and instructions but I have instructions I printed up years ago that I will include.

Now, this is just a warmup. I will have a better giveaway when KC0YQF gets closer to Mountain Goat status. That one will require a QSO and a QSL but more on that when the time comes.