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If you are visiting my QRZ page, there is a good chance we have had a QSO while I was operating mountaintop portable. I am a very active participant in Summits on the Air or SOTA, which requires 'activators' to hike to qualified mountain tops and operate portable. 'Chasers' are the people activators make contacts with, whether they are at home, portable or if you are lucky, activating another summit (we call this a Summit to Summit or S2S). SOTA is a very fun aspect of radiosport and is growing daily in popularity in North America. For photos from most of my activations, please visit my flickr gallery.  I also use eQSL to provide customized QSL cards for each activation.

My introduction to amateur radio was through one of one of my other hobbies - offroading. Some of my four-wheeling buddies and myself were looking for a better communications solution than CBs (which is still the standard for most clubs). We decided to get our Technician licenses and give 2 meters a try. This was a great decision and it wasn't long before I started studying for my General license. Amateur radio had always intrigued me but for some reason I never pursued it. But at this point I figured I was "in for a penny, in for a pound." I was extremely lucky when I acquired an essentially new Icom 756 transceiver. It had been sitting in it's original box unused for almost ten years until I bought it. I felt spoiled to have such a nice radio for my first rig but I have really enjoyed it.

Mog on Blue Ridge ParkwayIn the spring of 2010, I decided I wanted to combine ham radio with one of my other hobbies, hiking, so I bought a Yaesu FT-817. What an amazing little radio and I liked operating with it /p so much that I am 100 percent QRP now, both at home and in the field.

In the photo on the left, I was operating from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC. My 12 meter Spiderbeam mast was supporting my PAR EndFedz 10/20/40. The highlight of this evening was hearing an unusual call sign calling CQ. I threw my own call sign out there and immediately got a reply. It was the 9L5MS DXpedition to Sierra Leone! The mast is being supported by my 1962 Unimog, which is my offroad, expedition and occasionally my daily driver.

Uwharrie QRP Club (K4URE)
QRP Amateur Radio Club International #14132
Polar Bear # 252
Great Outdoors Radio Club #278

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