Sunday, October 27, 2019

2019-10-27 Whale Peak Overnight With Lots Of DX Contacts

I joined Adam (K6ARK) and Jacob (W6RBS) to hike Whale Peak and play with with radios & antennas.  I worked stations in 14 different countries.  This weekend was the CQ World-Wide DX contest so a lot of stations with massive antennas were going to be on the air participating, improving my chances to work multiple countries.  I’ve done SOTA during this contest before with Adam from a mountain top up near Big Bear CA.  This weekend’s trip was just as fun, allowing me to net some new countries worked with my ham radio and hiking with some good friends.  
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Monday, October 14, 2019

2019-10-13 Twin Peaks

Did a quick hike up to Twin Peaks to get some exercise and test out my deployment of the K6ARK Spider Thread Antenna.  The hike was an easy one up to the summit and included a hilarious roll off a rock due to a stupid overcommitment on a step.  It was fairly hot today, about 80.  I was enjoyable to be 9 lbs lighter in the equipment department.  If I can keep the gut weight off, that would be awesome.

After setup, I reached out to the DMR group here in San Diego and asked if anyone wanted to try a simplex call over DMR.  AI6CX is always ready to help and W6CRC in Poway jumped in as well. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

2019-10-06 Mt. Woodson

I wanted to get out and do a quick hike today and play radio.  I was thinking of going over to Twin Peaks and then heard a SOTA buddy, Jake (W6RWS), on the radio as he headed up to that very mountain.  If you remember, a couple of weeks ago, Jake, Adam & I went up to Morena Butte.  Adam jumped on the radio and answered Jake and then we talked about getting out there with Jake.  Adam and I decided to do a quick hike one up to Mt. Woodson, about 30 minutes from the house.
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Friday, October 4, 2019

I'm Presenting at the San Diego Hamfest

I'm looking forward to being one of the many presenters on Saturday, 10/5/201, at the San Diego Hamfest.  I will be presenting "Summit On The Air", SOTA where I'll explain what it is, why you might want to be an "activator" or "chaser" and how to do it, and why I enjoy it... and more.