Saturday, January 18, 2014

"Lynn Tames the Pileup" or SOTA Activation of Mount Herman W0/FR-063 11 Jan 2014

This was our first activation of Mount Herman (SOTA Designator W0/FR-063) this year. Lynn's knee is giving her a lot of trouble so while we cannot do the hard ones I figured maybe it is time for Lynn to learn how to log her QSOs and talk at the same time. Something that all of us have trouble with at some point in time,

It was a great day with mild temps and a light breeze. At the saddle between the North and South Summit we took a break to enjoy the view then pressed on to the South Summit. Our usual spot was right in the wind so we found cover on three sides that worked well. We even had a dry spot to sit.

20 Meters seemed to be pretty dead for a weekend so I thought this would be a short activation but tuning around the band reveled a few signals. I found Lynn a spot on 14.346, handed her the mic and a note pad, (one that I pre-lined to make it easier) and posted a SPOT on SOTA Watch using the SMS function and she was off and running. She stumbled a little at first but had it under control in no time. This gave me time to walk around and take a few pictures and listen to the pileup.
We found a nice spot to operate from
Lynn working the pileup
Lynn worked and logged the following stations on 20 meter SSB:

WA2USA
N1EU
AJ5C
N4EX
WA6RIC
KK1W
WX4ET
W0MNA
W0ERI 
N7UN
NS7P
W7CNL
KF4MH
W7RV
KX7L
W4DOW
N8QNP
VE1WT
WA9EBX
NG0E
NE4TN
KW6JIM
W5ODS
WG0AT
VE2JCW
KG3W
K0LAF
KA5VRR
EA2IF
N4MJ
AA7DK
K6LJU

The call signs in RED are other YLs that called Lynn. I know at least five other YL chasers/activators. I think the percentage of SOTA involved YLs is getting larger and that can only mean good things for SOTA and the ham radio hobby.

Lynn's rig is a KX3 with a A123 Buddipole battery and an EFHW thrown vertical into a tree.

Here is a short video of the activation.

73
Frank
K0JQZ

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