Saturday, April 19, 2014

SOTA Activation of Mount Herman

Today I wanted to do a Rockmite QRPp activation at 100 and 200 milliwatts but I made a critical error. I hauled up my Rockmites for 30 and 20 meters and forgot how loud the sidetones were. They seemed to be louder than normal. It was not until I was hiking down that I remembered that I was able to control the volume with the audio recorder I use to record my activations. Its ok, I took my KX1 up as a backup radio and enjoyed using it.

The weather was overcast with very mild temps in the high 50s and no wind. It was a great day on the summit. I got a little rain as soon as I got to the saddle and was going to put up a tarp rather than head back down but the rain subsided quickly.

I did not work near the amount of chasers I wanted to due to some QRM but I did work Dave NK0E, Steve wG0AT, Bob K0NR and Paul W0RW. Four great Colorado Hams!

I was also able to squeeze in on Dan's, NA6MG, pileup to work a summit to summit. Thanks Dan.

I took my time hiking down and ran into a few people but Mount Herman was not as crowded as it usually is on a weekend.

I am still learning how to use the GoPro and the GoPro Studio application. The time lapse function is great. I actually thought I would have enough footage to play the activation audio during the video but it compresses the time a lot so I just went with some music.

Thanks chasers:

2 Meter FM
K0NR

30 Meter CW
K0LAF
KD5KC
KB7HH
W5RST
NS7P
WA6RIC
NK0E

20 Meter CW
W0RW
VE2JCW
KG3W
W6IYS
K6TUY
NA6MG  Summit to Summit
WA9STI
WG0AT
WA2USA
W7CNL

Video
73 from Frank
K0JQZ

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mount Rosa not today

We had intended to summit Mount Rosa today from the Saint Mary's Falls side or East side of the mountain. We usually drive around to the West side and it is a short but steep hike. I was not sure how long of a hike it would be today as I had conflicting information. However, there is a sign at the TH (you have to hike 1.5 miles to get to the TH) that says "Mount Rosa 5 miles" Once we got to Saint Mary's Falls the sign said "Mount Rosa Summit 3 miles."

We got a late start and weather was moving in so it was not to be. We had a nice hike of about 7 miles. I was hurting a bit near the end so I know I need to get out more.

I decided to make this my new goal, Summit Mount Rosa from the Saint Mary's Falls side of the mountain. That would be 6.5 miles one way or 13 miles round trip.  That should get me ready for a trip into the Lost Creek Wilderness along the Ute Trail to McCurdy and Bison (two 6 pointers).

I did bring a GPS but I did not bring any batteries for it. It was a bonehead mistake. However, I took along my new GoPro 3 Plus Black Edition and am still learning how to use it. Most of my issues  come into play during editing as the camera is somewhat user friendly. There is a learning curve but for out of the box operation it is straight forward.

I hope to get better presenting Summits On The Air as a fun activity for all Hams no matter age or license class.


Saint Mary's Falls and this area is a very big attraction with hikers and mountain bike riders so it was crowded today. Of course it was around 70 degrees all day so it was a perfect day to get out. As we got further along the trail the less and less people we saw.  We did see one family running up but lost them and I thought they went a different way but we saw them again at the falls. Mom, Dad and two little kids plus one tiny dog, all running and not even breathing heavy!


73
Frank
K0JQZ


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mount Herman, just for fun

Today Lynn had school and I was home alone unsupervised so a quick activation of Mount Herman was in order. I debated between Herman and Signal Butte but in the end it was car time that decided. It is only an hour to the Mount Herman TH so Mount Herman it was.

The rig was a Steve Weber designed MTR that I built for 30 and 20 meters. The antenna was a tuned EF linked for 20 and 30 meters. Power was supplied by a Zippy LiPo 850 milli amp hour, 11. 1 volt battery.

It was in the mid 30s or so at the TH. The snow was deep in spots but it was a nice hike.

I am out of shape and this simple summit really kicked me. I need to get out more.

Thanks Chasers.

K0JQZ Log:

2 Meter FM
K0NR

30 Meter CW
W7RV
K6TUY
AD5A

20 Meter CW
NS7P
AE4FZ
N1EU
KG3W
VE2JCW
KC5NX
KK1W
WA9S
W7CNL
W4DOW
KF7WNS
W5MSQ
NK0E
WA6OEF
WA8REI/P
NE4TN
KA8HDE
K4ALE
W3FF/M
KX5CK
KA5TJS
WA7NCL
K6TUY
K6DGW
N3RN

30 Meter CW
WA2USA
W7USA
K0LAF
K7ATN Summit to Summit
KB7HH
K7JFD Summit to Summit
N0EVH
WA7JTM Summit to Summit
K1JD Summit to Summit


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