Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hamming it up at Ham Radio Outlet

As part of my early Bday present Lynn took me to the museum in Denver. The museum is great and I really enjoyed the planetarium. Afterwards, we went to Ham Radio Outlet in Denver. The new Handbook was out on display and Lynn wasted no time in pointing out to the staff and customers that she was on the cover.

She told me that she said I was on the cover as well but I really don't think she did. 

She had a blast enjoying her new found celebrity status at Ham Radio Outlet. She didn't even notice me making purchases or eyeing some of the new HF radios either.

She had a great conversation with a visiting ham from NJ and the staff about Summits On The Air and Ham Radio in general. It was a lot of fun!

When you the husband of an active YL these things will happen.




Thanks to the guys at HRO for indulging us.

73
Frank
K0JQZ

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Green Mountain (W0C/FR-107) S.O.T.A. Activation

Today Lynn and I had the pleasure of activating Green Mountain near Denver Colorado with Rob AE7AP, Barb AE7AQ, their friend Doug and Brad WA6MM.

L to R, Rob, Frank Lynn and Brad
Green Mountain is only a 1 pointer and a pleasant hike. It was a little chilly at the TH but we warmed up fast in the first mile of the hike due to the elevation gain.

Getting close to the summit

There are great views from this summit. You can see all of Denver.





Rob, with help from his lovely YL Barb,  setup his trapped dipole and KX3.


Barb holds the mast while Rob stakes it out

After Rob got his station setup Lynn jumped on 20 meter SSB. Rob and Barb had a great run on 20 and 40 meters and I finished with a few CW QSOs. Rob and Barb were able to talk to some of their ham friends back in MT which was a thrill.

Lynn running the SSB Pileup

Lynn, KC0YQF

We really had a good time on this summit with old and new friends. Also it is really nice to hear new callsigns chasing us which just means there are more people getting into SOTA. 

Of course the hi-light was meeting Rob and Barb who were on vacation in Colorado and heading back to Montana soon. I look forward to when we see them again.



73
Frank
K0JQZ


UPDATE:

I just recieved the pictures that Barb took and they are much better than mine so I wanted to share them. All of the pictures below are taken by Barb, AE7AQ.

Lynn is parting words of wisdom to Brad and I

The crew: Rob, Frank, Lynn, Doug and Brad



Lynn working the pileup

Working CW

Heading down, Denver in the background


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Lynn and I did our normal volunteer work for NORAD, tracking Santa.

Watching Santa on the big screen

Just before our shift started

Answering phone calls

Can you tell Lynn likes tracking Santa

I am jolly on the inside

Mister Mann went to bed early in hopes Santa would come

Maura tried to stay awake but could not make it
73
Frank
K0JQZ

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mount Pisgah (W0C/FR-045)

Mount Pisgah is just West of Cripple Creek, Colorado and can be easily identified by the several communication towers and antennas on the summit.

The hike is straight forward. Drive to the base, park, walk up... It is steep in some places but easier once you get to the road that spirals up to the summit.

It was a cold, windy and beautiful day!


View from the road below the summit

Lynn hiking up


Summit in view (not as far as it looks)






Lynn had a good run on 20 meters SSB working the following stations:

N4EX
KB1RJD
KB1RJC
WB0KIU
VE2JCW
AC1Z
WB5TZN
W6JMP
KI4SVM
K9IR
K2JB
VA2MO
NS7P
N7DQ
K3JZD
KC8RMR
N1GB
N4DA 

There was some CW contest going on so I was not able to operate on 20 meter CW. I went to 30 Meters and had a pretty good run working the following stations:

N0EVH
KG3W
W0MNA
K9OSC
W5ODS
W0ERI
N7BHP
AC0A
K6HPX
WA7SB
NS7P
N0DA
W4AMW
W5DOS
WA2USA
KK3KK
K0LAF

This activation put Lynn over 900 Activator Points on her way to 1,000 points to achieve Mountain Goat. With the reset of the New Year coming up we will try to get out as often as we can to maximize bonus points. She will be a Mountain Goat in no time. 

Also, our friend Phil, NS7P, went over 70,000 Chaser points. I just cannot imagine achieving that many chaser points. Phil is always around when we activate and a lot of times he is the first one we contact. It is always good to hear NS7P come back to our CQ SOTA calls. Great job Phil!!!!

I am still getting use to the new GPS. I used it on this hike because it was not critical. I guess I messed up the picture taking function of it but was able to work though a couple of features. It seems to be very capable however, sometimes simple is good and I am tempted to go back to the eTrek 20 as it is much easier to use.



72
Frank
K0JQZ