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Greetings and thanks for visiting my page here on QRZ.COM!  If we chatted recently you likely heard me transmitting from a mountaintop or remote campsite.  I operate from home occasionally, but most radio time is spent portable. Summits On The Air (SOTA) is my favorite radio activity as I love outdoor adventure and the physical and technical challenges SOTA brings. Also enjoy DXing, causal contesting, and county expeditions for CalQSO and the 7QP.  While I work mostly ssb-phone and digital modes, I'm gaining interest in CW. 

Now serving as W6-SOTA Regional Manager for the Northeast (W6/NE), Northwest (W6/NW), and Northern Ranges (W6/CN).  Feel free to contact me with any questions or issues involving summits in these areas.  Link with info on W6-California SOTA: https://w6-sota.org/hello-and-welcome/  

          

For SOTA and other portable ops I'll typically take a Yaesu FT-857D and Buddistick antenna setup powered by a LiFePO4 battery.  On trips when I need to go lighter, I'll pack an Elecraft KX3.  For APRS route tracking I use a Yaesu FT1D. 

I enjoy exchanging QSL cards directly - there's just something cool with getting a card in the mail.  If you'd like to confirm our QSO by card, please just mail me yours and I'll gladly send one back - no need for a SASE. 

              

Now also using ARRL's LoTW for all contacts and typically upload to the SOTA database and LoTW within 24hrs of each activation...

 

Upcoming

Road trip!!  May 24 to 29 - I’ll be traveling from the SF Bay Area to Des Moines, Iowa, to visit family and transport a car for my niece to use in college. Weather and time permitting I’ll be stopping along the way to bag a few for SOTA.  Not sure yet on schedule or exact summits, but I’m going to try to complete at least 1 activation in each state between Nevada and Nebraska along the I-80 route.  Check SOTAWatch daily for alerts.  I should also have APRS working via W6PZA-7…

 


Recent Radio Adventures        

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Activated two summits in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Twain Harte, including Elizabeth Peak (W6/NS-330) and Crandall Peak (W6/NS-320).  It was the first activation for Crandall.  Lots of rough off-road driving, but a good day otherwise.  Pic of the higher Sierra looking NE from atop Crandall…

 

May 6-7, 2017 - 7th Call Area QSO Party.  This year for the 7QP I visited Curry County, Oregon, operating as a solo single-county expedition station using the call K7O.  I really roughed it this trip staying at a Forest Service rental known as Packer’s Cabin, located 17 miles NE of Brookings in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.  Had a great time.  Finished with 258 contacts - mix of phone, CW and PSK31 - which is an improvement for me from my last 7QP in 2015.  Not looking to break any records, just striving to improve each year.  During the trip I also completed three SOTA activations, including Quail Prairie Mtn (W7O/SC-130), High Divide (W6/NW-384), and Gasquet Mtn (W6/NW-381).  Pics of the cabin, my setup inside, and the Chetco River located in the valley below...

          

     

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Finally made it over to the peninsula to work a couple summits. Activated Black Mtn (W6/NC-150) and Sierra Morena (W6/NC-209), both located in the coastal hills above Palo Alto.  Beautiful day out.  Pics from the trail and radio room on Black Mountain...

     

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Activated Bald Mountain (W6/CC-060), located in the Sugarloaf Ridge State Park near Santa Rosa - very nice park with good trails. Up top there’s a bench that made a perfect desk for the station. Lots of room for the antenna too.  Pic looking north from the summit with view of Mt Saint Helena and Cobb Mtn in the distance...

 

April 11-15, 2017 - Spent 5 days playing mountaintop-portable radio in New Mexico, mostly around Albuquerque.  Activated 7 summits during the trip, including: W5N/SI-022 (6860), W5N/SI-010 (Palomas Peak), W5N/SI-001 (Sandia Crest), W5N/SI-007 (Osha Peak), W5N/SI-006 (Capilla Peak), W5N/SE-029 (Pajarito Peak), and W5N/CO-004 (Powell Mount). For those visiting the area for the first time these are a nice combination of medium hikes and drive-ups. Good activator point opportunities too as the trip helped push me over the “Half-a-Goat” status - more work ahead. A special Thank You! to WB5USB-George and K8TE-Bill for their help and friendship.  Pics from atop Sandia, Palomas, and Osha...

    

 

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - Enjoyed a marathon SOTA outing, bagging four summits in the Mendocino National Forest - all first-time activations. This was a long day trip for me, driving up and back from the Bay Area. Forest Route M9 was the link between summits, allowing good access with short hikes of about 1/4 mile for each. Summits included Doe Peak (W6/NC-460), Goat Hill (W6/NC-011), W. Log Spring Ridge (W6/NC-446) and Red Mountain (W6/NC-069).  View from Red Mountain of the northern Sacramento Valley and a distant Mt. Shasta...

 

Friday, March 17, 2017 - Activated two peaks in the coastal mountains near Monterey Bay, including Loma Alta (Jack’s Peak), W6/SC-458, and Fremont Peak, W6/CC-055. It was the first activation for Loma Alta, which is surprising considering it’s located in a very nice Monterey County park with good trails. Just about perfect weather made for an enjoyable day. Pics from atop Fremont Peak…

       

 

Friday, March 3, 2017 - Quick trip up to Mt. Diablo, W6/CC-045.  Only had a few hours but logged 57 contact despite poor band conditions.  Pic of the summit museum building and view looking south from my operating position…

       

 


My Story

My late father, Ronald E. Adams, was the original W6PZA. He enjoyed and was active in amateur radio throughout much of his life. Sadly, his radios went silent in 1991. I have fond memories of joining him on camping trips up to Mt. Shasta and other mountain locations, helping him set up antennas and listening to his conversations with other HAMs. But for some reason amateur radio just didn't catch on with me when I was younger - perhaps too much focus on rock-n-roll.

    Ron-W6PZA-Sr going portable in 1963                       Ronnie-W6PZA-Jr sending code in 2013

             

When reminiscing of my father I often wondered what had become of his call sign - did someone else have it, was it retired. I still had many of his radios, but they were just sitting in my garage. In the summer of 2013 I decided to sell most of his old equipment. In the process of selling his gear I met K6KS, Steve Mosconi, who encouraged me to get licensed and acquire my dad's call via the Vanity program. I eventually earned my ticket passing the Tech, General and Extra exams over the next year. 

My interest in amateur radio has definitely grown. I'm now collecting electrical parts, antennas, and misc. radio junk. QST Magazine is the preferred reading in the bathroom library! Overall I'm excited about this hobby, which feels so familiar. I know my dad's looking down here with a big smile... :)

I recently retired after working nearly 28 years for local government in the field of land use planning - yeah, I was that friendly guy in the planning department (don't shoot). In addition to amateur radio I enjoy drumming, backpacking, fishing, target shooting, and placer gold mining.

73! - Ron

 

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