I had a hard time getting up this one. I do not know why but it was really kicking me like I had no energy. Anyway, we did finally summit, setup and had a good run on 20 meters SSB and CW. This was Nick's first exposure to ham radio and Summits On The Air so I hope I made a good impression. Nick is one of those super smart guys and he asked a lot of very good questions. Maybe we will have another Ham and SOTA guy in Colorado soon.
Speaking of introducing Ham Radio and SOTA to people. I had an idea, like may ideas this one is not entirely mine. I had some business cards made up that kind of gives a 2 second overview of the hobby and sport along with some links. Of course space is limited but I included my email and blog site if anyone wanted to pursue it more.
Here it is:
If it helps recruit one person into Ham Radio and or SOTA it is worth it.
After Observatory Rock, Nick and I said our goodbye and I headed West to Badger Mountain. I picked this one because I was beat from Observatory and this is a drive up. I was worried about the weather but was able to squeeze the activation in-between two storms. The second storm came up on me fast and I did not hear any other callers so I split. I usually try to operate more than just 20 and I seem to have gotten in a rut lately but the weather is the main cause.
I used my Buddipole Vertical on these activations.
Pictured is everything. The Shockcord 8 foot mast, mini shock cord whip (9 Section), 25 feet of coax, mini coil which is pre-tapped for 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 meters, versa tee and the counterpoise with beads tied in for 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 meters. The beads are color coded to the taps so less chance to screw up. I did forget to install some type of flat connector on the end of the counterpoise wire so I had to strip it and attach it that way. It was a little cumbersome trying to get it to stay attached.
It worked well and no tuner was required. There is not a lot of space on the summit of Observatory Rock but there is plenty on Badger. I put up an EF and vertical on Badger and listened between the two with a coax switch and the vertical heard more noise but signals were a little better. Not so much that it really matters. After all we are not putting contest grade stations on summits........ or are we....
I was going to get one more summit in today but decided to rest and get caught on a few things instead. The mountains are not going anywhere.
On the video I actually forgot to change the position of the camera as I wanted to get at least three different views. I just plain forgot I was recording until packing up. I also do not like the way the picture in picture cuts off a portion of a big file and the fact that I have not found a way to make the still picture stay,,,,, still. It wants to do that zoom in stuff with it that I really do not like for the PiP views. I will keep learning.
Thanks for all the chasers.