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email: gdslagel@yahoo.com

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I'm Gary Slagel and I've been a ham since 1968 when I was 12 and received my novice ticket.   Over nearly 50 years I've had many interests in ham radio but currently my greatest fun comes from contesting and Summits on the Air (SOTA). 


I've been hooked on contesting since taking 1st place in the Dakota Division in the rookie roundup in around 1976 (this after regaining my novice license after being inactive for several years).  I have been a casual contestor ever since and over the last 15 years have gotten more and more serious.  While I've never gotten serious enough to win any of the big prizes I'm proud to have been able to win the Dakota Division in the ARRL sweepstakes a few times (3) and have the 'hardware' on the wall to prove it!  My current gear is an elecraft K3 and an SPE 1k-fa amp.  Antennas are: Force 12 C-4sxl 10/15/20/40 yagi at 55', Hytower vertical 80/160, 80/160 dipole at 50'.


I got started with SOTA in 2014.  I mainly have fun activating summits in the Black Hills of SD.  I began with a goal of activating all the summits in Black Hills - Badlands region.  As of Dec, 2016 I've activated 73 summits with 60 plus of those being in the Black Hills - Badlands region and most of those being first activations of the summits.  My main mode is CW.  Equipment is an Elecraft KX3 (which may soon become a KX2) with a 5ah lithium ion battery, palm paddle.  Two primary antennas:  a 50' doublet fed with 300 ohm ribbon that I can load on 10 thru 40 using the KX3 tuner, a 16' vertical wire and 16' radial fed with 4' of 300 ohm ribbon that I can load on 10 thru 30 with the KX3.  I prefer the doublet but when conditions are difficult the vertical is easier to get up and use.

I really enjoy every aspect of SOTA operations: using online maps to make a plan to get to the summit, using a garmin etrex gps to help find the summit, driving the back woods forest roads and 4wd trails to get there, bushwacking (or trail hiking) anywhere from 1/4 mile to many miles to get to the summit, working 20 to 50 cw qso's with the familiar calls of chasers most of whom I've worked before and finally congratulating myself with an ice cold beer in the middle of the forest after a successful summit!  

If you're interested take a look at the international SOTA site below and email me with any questions:










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