My good friend Steve asked me if I wanted to try an approach from the East side of Mount Herman. I always wanted to do that but have never really research the route but just looking at Mount Herman from the East and it looks like a tough one. Of course I said YES!
I took Friday off and Steve and I headed to the TH and off we went. It was steep, about 1700 feet in .9 miles. Wow! It was a real workout.
Besides doing a SOTA activation with Steve there were two other reasons to make this one a special activation. Steve took his LNR made FX-4 radio along and his new goat Boo came along with Peanut.
Boo is a young goat and very curious. He is not shy like Peanut so it made for a very interesting day.
|Boo and Peanut waiting to ride in the "Goat Wagon|
|K0JQZ and Boo Selfie|
|The complete HF station with FX-4 (Photo by wG0AT)|
|Neatly Packed (Photo by wG0AT)|
|K0JQZ-7 APRS Beacon|
Just before it starts to get vertical there is a memorial to a young man that died somewhere on Mount Herman not too long ago.
|In memory of Alan Sauceda (I think, not sure if I am reading that correctly)|
|Steve and Boo behind him (close to summit)|
|Antenna support (Photo by wG0AT)|
|Elecraft T1 (Photo by wG0AT)|
|FX-4 (Photo by wG0AT)|
The FX-4 is a first generation one which was recalled by LNR for a replacement/refund/repair or something to that effect. Kudos for LNR buying up all the faulty units.
As far as performance I would say the receiver is better than a FT-817 but not as good as an Elecraft KX3, I realize that is about a wide a margin as they come. The filters seemed to work great. I did not play with the delay but it was a little too long for CW as I was missing the call sign prefix of some of the quicker stations after a CQ. All in all I liked it and would consider one if they make them again which I doubt they will since they already released a new SDR radio that I am sure will take up time and resources.
The LNR FX-4 and their new radio is a good alternative for the SSB operator that does not want to settle for a FT-817 (and all the performance modifications to make it viable) and something cheaper than the KX3 with less capabilities. It is worth considering.
Bonus Video, a time lapse of Laternfest in Fountain Colorado on 1 Nov 2014: