Sunday, February 28, 2016

SOTA Gear Packout

Lynn and I set off to tackle Knights Peak (W0C/FR-144) but were met with three feet of snow and it was impassable without snowshoes so we opted to hike to Peter's Dome off of Old Stage Road.

We happened to find the TH for this popular hike when pulling off for an overlook of the city of Colorado Springs. It is a short hike and around several hundred feet of elevation gain.

While we stopped for lunch, near the top, I thought it would be a good time for Lynn to go over what her Summits On The Air Packout looks like. This is the basic setup we have been using over the years and is good for all modes (SSB, CW, PSK 31 and RTTY) and easy deployment.

As always, we recommend the Ten Essentials while hiking but especially when hiking in the winter time and in the Rockies.

If you have any questions about the equipment please post it to the blog. I will do my best to answer all questions.

As a note: This is the configuration we use when activating together, as we often do. If I am alone I have different setups that I will talk about those in the future.

Here are a few pictures followed by a short video.

Knights Peak will have to wait for snow melt

KC0YQF, Lynn, hamming it up (so to speak)

My 2013 JK

TH for Peter's Dome (.7 miles)

Antenna Towers near the summit of Cheyenne Mountain

View South West

The Ham Radio Station

Lynn's KX3, raising the standard

A123 Battery from Buddipole (these things are fantastic)

9:1 UnUn and about 30 feet of wire and support rope (when needed)

Clock / Audio Recorder / Notebook

Human Machine interfaces / Mic and morse paddles

The carrying case

Thank you to all that read my blog and watch the videos. Comments are always welcome.


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