Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pikes Peak with Gary, W0MNA and Martha, W0ERI

Gary, W0MNA and Martha, W0ERI manage to get through Colorado Springs about once a year and when they do we usually get together for fellowship and a SOTA activation.

Lynn is off for school break and I was looking for a reason to burn up some leave time so we decided to take Martha and Gary up Pikes Peak.

The weather was about as good as it gets. 55 to 60 degrees, slight breeze, plenty of sun and no threat of an electrical storm.

Gary deploying the antenna

Martha makes sure Gary does it right

View from our shack

Lynn, KC0YQF

Gary fixing a switch

Martha running the pileup

The crew

Gary had an End Fed antenna that he supported with two 16 foot painters poles. It worked very well. There was enough snow left that we could just jam them into a snow bank or wedge them between a few rocks. With hardly any wind it was a no brainer.

Martha and Gary have a good system when activating. They each work the chaser in tandem by using an interconnected headphone/microphone combination. This works pretty good and I think they have perfected this technique.


Gary and Martha redefine teamwork

End Fed support with two poles up 14,131 feet!

Gary logging QSOs

Martha is also very efficient!

Team Kansas

While Gary and Martha was on HF Lynn tried 2 meters but no takers. I also tried 2 meters with no results. After Gary and Martha finished with 20, 40 and 10 meters Lynn took over on 20 meter SSB. The QSB was pretty deep at times but Lynn managed a few QSOs. Thanks Chasers for hanging in there to work Lynn:

AE9F
N0EVH
NE4TN
NG6R
W7USA
AE4FZ
WA2USA
KW6JIM
AA7BK
W7CNL
K6KNS


Better half of Team Colorado

Lynn's KX3


After Lynn and I took a stab at 20 meter CW real quick and Scotty, KG3W was waiting for me (thanks Scotty):

KG3W
NA6MG
W7RV
KB7HH
N7WM
W5ODS
N4EX
W7USA
WA2USA
NU7Y
NG6R
KH2TJ
K6EL Summit to Summit (Thanks El)
N0EVH
WB5USB
K6TUY

N5GW? (not sure what I wrote on this call and did not have my audio recorder with me) may be NS6?? or something similar. I blame the altitude.

NE4TN
WA6KYR
AE9F

Gary and Martha next tot he COG Railway Car

Lynn living on the edge


On the way down this fellowed stopped to ask about Peanut and Boo. Apparently he is a big fan!

A fan of Boo and Peanut
It had been a long time since Gary and Martha had been up Pikes Peak so I am glad they wanted to go. It is not my favorite due to the crowds and the fact that you can drive up but I could not have asked for a more perfect day and company. There are a few other summits near by but we will save them for their next visit.

Thanks Chasers and thanks Martha and Gary for the fun time and fellowship!

72
Frank
K0JQZ

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