Whiskey Alpha Six Mountain Man
I've started activating mountain peaks for Summits on the Air (SOTA). My first activation was Chief's Head Peak (13,579 Ft) in Rocky Mountain National Park. I used my 2M Yaesu FT-60 HT and made six simplex contacts on 146.520Mhz. I plan on activating several more peaks in the coming year. Many thanks to all the Chasers who help me activate the SOTA peaks. I couldn't do it without your help! Here's the current list of peaks I've activated:
Here's the latest picture of my HF linked inverted-vee dipole antenna taken at 13,602 ft on Gray Wolf Mountain. The mast is only 16 ft now after breaking it a couple of times! However, it's much stronger and easier to set up. It seems to still work ok on 20M.
Here are some pictures of my latest homebrew 2M 4-element Yagi antenna I use for SOTA work.
Here's a picture of my first homebrew 2M "tape measure" Yagi antenna I recently retired as it didn't work well in the wind and the elements eventually got bent.
Some good weather days on the peaks....and some not so good days! You have to deal with all sorts of conditions in the Colorado Rockies.
QSOs to Date (starting 5/31/12) : 10,737
LoTW QSL Confirm Rate: 56%
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Thank you for visiting my page. I received my Novice license back in California around 1970 and upgraded to General class soon thereafter. Most of my radio experience was in the 1970's and 80's. I've revived my interest in the HF and VHF bands after being off the air for quite a few years. I moved to Colorado in 2006 and started operating again in May 2012. I've also upgraded my license to Amateur Extra class and changed my original California callsign to something a bit easier to use on both phone and CW. My old callsign was WA6NPL and my new one is WA6MM. Much easier to send on CW!!
I'm currently using an Icom 718 transceiver, Heil Proset IC headset, MFJ-949E antenna tuner, and I have an Ameritron AL-80B amplifier. I have a Kenwood TM-281A for 2M VHF operation (one for my truck as well). I'm also getting into PSK31 and RTTY. I use a SignaLink USB interface with an Asus EEE netbook computer for those modes.
Here's a picture of the radio shack.
Here's a picture of my outdoor HF inverted vertical delta loop. It's hard to see the wires (and that's by design!!) It's strung between the house and a large tree and runs east to west. The top wire is about 30-35ft off the ground. It is a full wavelength loop on 40M and also works well on 20M, 15M, and 10M. There's a 4:1 balun at the feedpoint and it's fed with 175ft of RG-213 coax. I measured the coax loss at 1.0 dB @ 7.1Mhz to 1.8 dB @ 28.7Mhz.
Here's a picture of my 2M J-pole antenna in the attic of my garage. It's fed with 35ft of LMR-400 coax. It actually works quite well as I'm able to hit about 20 repeaters along the Front Range. I've also added 4 clamp-on ferrites to the coax near the feedpoint to reduce any potential common mode currents on the feedline.
I live at 6250 ft up against the frontrange foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The foothills rise immediately west behind my house to about 7900 ft. The Rockies reach 14,242 ft (Mt Evans) 25 miles to the west. Here's a picture of our area:
Here's what our area looks like in winter:
I mainly use LoTW for QSLs. However, I will return paper QSLs if I receive a card and SASE from anyone.
73 and I hope to hear you on the air!
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