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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:

SOTA Activations

  Date Summit Altitude QSOs Points Total Points
1 07/19/2014 W0C/FR-111 (Chiefs Head Peak) 13,579 ft 6 10 10
2 07/26/2014 W0C/FR-005 (Mount Silverheels) 13,822 ft 4 10 20
3 08/02/2014 W0C/FR-017 (Mount Logan) 12,870 ft 7 8 28
4 08/03/2014 W0C/PR-013 (Torreys Peak) 14,267 ft 8 10 38
5 08/09/2014 W0C/FR-112 (North Arapaho Peak) 13,502 ft 7 10 48
6 08/17/2014 W0C/SR-025 (Pettingell Peak) 13,553 ft 4 10 58
7 08/23/2014 W0C/SR-012 (Fletcher Mountain) 13,951 ft 4 10 68
8 08/31/2014 W0C/FR-003 (Mount Evans) 14,264 ft 5 10 78
9 08/31/2014 W0C/PR-015 (Bierstadt Mount) 14,060 ft 4 10 88
10 09/06/2014 W0C/FR-001 (Mount Lincoln) 14,286 ft 7 10 98
11 09/06/2014 W0C/SR-059 (Mount Democrat) 14,148 ft 4 10 108
12 09/14/2014 W0C/FR-002 (Grays Peak) 14,270 ft 5 10 118
13 09/20/2014 W0C/FR-006 (Bard Peak) 13,641 ft 5 10 128
14 09/20/2014 W0C/PR-021 (Parnassus Mount) 13,574 ft 6 10 138
15 09/27/2014 W0C/FR-007 (Rosalie Peak) 13,575 ft 9 10 148
16 10/18/2014 W0C/PR-014 (Quandary Peak) 14,265 ft 4 10 158
17 10/25/2014 W0C/PR-018 (Square Top Mountain) 13,794 ft 7 10 168
18 12/06/2014 W0C/FR-030 (Chief Mountain) 11,709 ft 7 9 177
19 12/06/2014 W0C/PR-082 (Squaw Mountain) 11,500 ft 10 9 186
20 01/10/2015 W0C/FR-042 (Santa Fe Mountain) 10,537 ft 4 9 195
21 02/07/2015 W0C/PR-056 (Copper Mountain) 12,441 ft 1 0 195
22 03/14/2015 W0C/FR-037 (Twin Sisters Peak East) 11,468 ft 21 9 204
23 03/22/2015 W0C/SR-052 (Thorodin Mountain) 10,540 ft 8 9 213
24 03/28/2015 W0C/FR-039 (Estes Cone) 11,006 ft 11 9 222
25 05/02/2015 W0C/PR-031 (Sniktau Mount) 13,234 ft 8 8 230
26 06/06/2015 W0C/SR-035 (Mount Flora) 13,146 ft 8 8 238
27 06/20/2015 W0C/FR-004 (Pikes Peak) 14,115 ft 11 10 248
28 06/27/2015 W0C/PR-019 (Bald Mountain) 13,684 ft 6 10 258
29 06/27/2015 W0C/SP-030 (Boreas Mountain) 13,082 ft 4 8 266
30 07/18/2015 W0C/SR-014 (Mount Hope) 13,933 ft 9 10 276
31 07/18/2015 W0C/SR-028 (Quail Mountain) 13,461 ft 8 8 284
32 07/26/2015 W0C/SR-019 (Argentine Peak) 13,738 ft 16 10 294
33 07/26/2015 W0C/PR-024 (Wilcox Mount) 13,408 ft 16 8 302
34 08/01/2015 W0C/SR-030 (Mount Guyot) 13,370 ft 13 8 310
35 08/02/2015 W0C/FR-110 (Longs Peak) 14,255 ft 13 10 320
36 08/08/2015 W0C/PR-020 (Gray Wolf Mountain) 13,602 ft 15 10 330
37 08/08/2015 W0C/PR-025 (Rogers Peak) 13,391 ft 6 8 338
38 08/22/2015 W0C/PR-017 (Crystal Peak) 13,852 ft 19 10 348
39 08/29/2015 W0C/SP-008 (Buckskin Mount) 13,865 ft 16 10 358
40 09/06/2015 W0C/PR-016 (Pacific Peak) 13,950 ft 8 10 368
41 09/20/2015 W0C/SR-067 (Arkansas Mount) 13,795 ft 26 10 378
42 09/26/2015 W0C/SR-061 (Mount Sherman) 14,036 ft 20 10 388
43 09/26/2015 W0C/SR-070 (Mount Sheridan) 13,748 ft 10 10 398
44 10/10/2015 W0C/PR-050 (Independence Mountain) 12,614 ft 20 8 406
45 10/24/2015 W0C/SR-045 (Uneva Peak) 12,522 ft 13 8 414
46 11/07/2015 W0C/SP-017 (Hoosier Ridge) 13,352 ft 17 8 422
47 11/14/2015 W0C/SP-034 (Pennsylvania Mountain) 13,006 ft 37 8 430
48 11/22/2015 W0C/SR-046 (Stanley Mountain) 12,521 ft 13 8 438
49 12/06/2015 W0C/SR-051 (Dakota Hill) 10,929 ft 38 9 447
50 12/19/2015 W0C/SP-081 (Kaufman Ridge HP) 10,765 ft 25 9 456
51 01/01/2016 W0C/FR-142 (Raspberry Mountain) 10,605 ft 22 9 465
52 01/16/2016 W0C/FR-133 (Big Bull Mountain) 10,832 ft 8 9 474
53 01/16/2016 W0C/FR-135 (10808) 10,808 ft 22 9 483
54 02/20/2016 W0C/SR-136 (Chalk Mountain) 12,012 ft 14 9 492
55 02/27/2016 W0C/SR-137 (Wingle Ridge) 11,977 ft 35 9 501
56 03/06/2016 W0C/SP-088 (Reinecker Ridge South) 10,558 ft 30 9 510
57 03/13/2016 W0C/SP-085 (Kaufman Ridge North) 10,667 ft 28 9 519
58 04/02/2016 W0C/SR-064 (Horseshoe Mountain) 13,898 ft 15 10 529
59 04/09/2016 W0C/PR-026 (Engelmann Peak) 13,362 ft 18 8 537


I'm now activating peaks on HF with my linked inverted-vee dipole and FT-817ND.  Here's a picture from my first field test behind my house at ~7,300 ft. Worked Florida, Calif, and Arkansas on my first test.  Looks like it's working!

 

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 are some pictures of my first CW SOTA activation on Uneva Peak on 10/24/15.  The snow climbing season has started!  This is also the first time I'm using my newly built EFHW antenna and matching box.  The antenna has links for 17M, 20M, 30M, and 40M.

 

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) : 11,521

LoTW QSL Confirm Rate: 57.3%

DXCC Count (LoTW confirmed)

Phone: 168
CW: 178
Mixed: 206
Digital: 105
Challenge: 717

WAS Count (LoTW confirmed)

Phone: 50
CW: 50
Digital: 50
Triple Play: 150

CQ WPX Count (LoTW confirmed)

Phone: 864
CW: 613
Mixed: 1228
Digital: 436

 

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.



I currently have two HF wire antennas. One antenna is an Alpha Delta DX-EE fan dipole. That antenna is mounted in my upper story attic about 25ft up from the ground and runs north to south. I've recently added an outdoor inverted vertical delta loop tuned for 40M that runs east to west. I also have a j-pole antenna in the garage attic for 2M VHF work.

Here's a picture of my attic HF fan dipole antenna. It's fed with 75ft of LMR-240 coax. It seems to work quite well on 10, 12, 15, 17, and 20 meters. I use an antenna tuner for 12 and 17 meters. It also works ok for 40 meters, although the bandwidth @ <2:1 VSWR is really narrow -- around 50KHz or so. I've tuned it for the lower CW portion of the 40 meter band and use a tuner for the upper phone section. I've also added 14 clamp-on ferrites to the coax near the feedpoint to reduce any potential common mode currents on the feedline.

 

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!

Brad

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United States Award#926
Granted: 2015-03-19 14:15:04   (WA6MM)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#7210
Granted: 2015-03-19 14:15:04   (WA6MM)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#6025
Granted: 2015-03-19 14:15:03   (WA6MM)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#1492
Granted: 2015-03-19 14:15:02   (WA6MM)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
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