Welcome to my amateur radio BLOG. Here at N1CLC.com (aka HamNinja.com), I hope to cover my exploration of ham radio, summits on the air (SOTA) and general RF geek stuff. My other BLOGS focus on technology (cloudrant.com), photography (cameraninja.com/blog), and life (thethroboflife.com). QSL via QRZ, LOTW, cards.
I've been asked to present my SOTA story 3 times in
September and at Hamfest in October.Either the clubs are getting desperate for speakers or people actually
like hearing about Summits On The Air.I
hope it’s the latter.
The following is my current SOTA presentation
I’ve been going a little crazy this week
nursing my punctured leg wound and couldn’t wait to get back on the trail.(I write about the injury trip HERE).I worked on my summer villa all day yesterday hanging from a
ladder.My leg felt fine so I thought I
would take advantage of my last day up here and do a little SOTA.
I headed out early this morning into Luna, New
Mexico for a “drive up” and then over to Springerville, Arizona for a short
hike to a summit there (1 mi round trip).I got on the road about 0630 local and I stopped in Alpine for breakfast
at the Bear Wallow and then headed over to Luna, about 20 minutes away.FS 35 was about 5 or 10 miles past Luna and
it was an easy trip to the summit where there was an array of various RF
repeaters and other gear.The country
here is heavily wooded, lush and greeen, much like Alpine.Setup was fairly easy.It’s overcast with low clouds and about 57
degrees F.Just beautiful.
really enjoy doing SOTA, (Summits On The Air). It gets me outside and I can setup my “ham
shack” on places that have a fantastic view and that are optimal for ham
radio. Since I don’t live on a summit, this
hobby involves hiking. I decided to produce this article on hiking safety for
my fellow SOTA operators after my small incident on Turner Peak (which I wrote about here). Since I give
presentations on SOTA and people ask me about hiking loadout and safety, I can
now point them to this post (Here is a link to the slides ).
“event” was really just a boo boo while hiking, not a massive injury, but it
serves as a good example of a simple boo boo that you should be prepared for
when doing SOTA.It was a stop the
bleeding kinda thing, and then go to doctor to get it sutured up to fully
repair.I’ve aked a few SAR (Search And
Rescue)members to chime in with their
thoughts and suggestions as well.This
isn’t going to be an in-depth survival guide that plays the “what if”
game.Although the article is long, it’s
keeping things pretty basic.At-least, I
Today’s adventure takes me to Turner Peak,
W5N/AP-004.This peak is in New Mexico
but it’s just feet from the AZ border.Another interesting fact is that it’s never been activated before.I attempted to do a little peak near
Springerville yesterday but just before I got to the trailhead I noticed the
black clouds looming over the area.Given the thunderstorms we have up here, I wasn’t going to chance
putting up my lightning rod.I was kinda
bummed because I was going to do a lot of chasing.So since I couldn’t do the peak, I decided to
recon the road to today’s peak.I was
planning on being out of the house by 6AM so the weather wouldn’t skunk me and
I wanted to ensure the planned roads were open.If they weren’t, I’d have to drive further into New Mexico to gain
access from the west side.With the
recon complete and my gear packed, I was locked and loaded for today’s mission.
Today’s expedition was to Antelope Mountain,
aka W7A/AE-022. I wanted to be setup by
1000 so that I could catch Adam, K6ARK while he was on a summit in
California. I’ve been up here before and
knew not to try to get to the top of the mountain via the road. Last time I almost got stuck up there by
becoming high-centered on large rocks.
It was a pain because the only way down is to back down to a place that
is wide enough to turn around. Not a
problem hiking up though. It’s a bit
steep but only a half mile from where I parked.
See Greens Peak SOTA chart.
There are a set of three peaks in close
proximity, Wolf Mountain, Lake Mountain, and Wishbone Mountain. I was hoping to do all three today but the
weather wasn’t having it... If I had left a couple hours earlier I could have
probably done it. My planned trail head
was about an 1.5 hours from the villa. I
decided to do sort of a loop through the area going from Vernon, AZ, down to
Mc. Nary. The summits would be between
the two towns. (click on pictures for larger)