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Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Bob K0NR
 

Kirby,
The 14er event is Aug 7 and 8 this year, so you haven't missed it (yet).

Also take a look at the 10-10-10 event to celebrate 10 years of SOTA in Colorado:
http://w0c-sota.org/10-10-10/

Bob Witte, K0NR
bob@...
Check out my book:
VHF, Summits and More: Having Fun With Ham Radio

73 Bob K0NR


On 16-Jul-21 9:36 AM, Kirby - K4CAN wrote:
It'll be my first SOTA attempt but I'm planning on hiking Mt. Flora Saturday morning. I'll also be operating for the POTA support your parks event. Sorry I missed the 14er event, but last weekend was a trial run since I've been doing POTA. I'm still lugging a 891 and wanted to be sure I could carry everything safely. 

Kirby
K4CAN 


Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Kirby - K4CAN
 

It'll be my first SOTA attempt but I'm planning on hiking Mt. Flora Saturday morning. I'll also be operating for the POTA support your parks event. Sorry I missed the 14er event, but last weekend was a trial run since I've been doing POTA. I'm still lugging a 891 and wanted to be sure I could carry everything safely. 

Kirby
K4CAN 


Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Bob K0NR
 

Hi Jon,
It will be good to have someone on Mt Evans on Saturday.

Access to Mt Evans has gotten tighter and a reservation is required to reduce congestion on the mountain.
See https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10087438

Bob

Bob Witte, K0NR
bob@...

On 14-Jul-21 9:11 PM, Jon Richardson (KM4PEH) wrote:

I’ll be doing Mt Evans Saturday morning.  I’ll be with family (in other words, schedule not under my control).  Operating 2m, 70cm, 1.2 ghz, 6m; all FM.

 

Sunday TBD.

 

I have family coming in from out-of-state that weekend.  Its good timing that my brother scheduled a trip specifically that weekend and specifically to bicycle up Mt Evans.  I’m praying that he can handle the altitude, or have the sense to know when to stop.

 

Jon

KM4PEH

 

 

From: ham14er@ham14er.groups.io <ham14er@ham14er.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob K0NR
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:49 AM
To: ham14er@ham14er.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ham14er] Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

 

OK, good to see people posting their plans. Thanks!

Our tentative plan (Joyce and I) is to be on Pikes Peak on Saturday and Mt Evans on Sunday. We will do both of these as drive-ups and then operate SOTA style. My thinking is that having activators on these major summits helps generate additional chaser activity. They both cover the front-range cities pretty well.

If you want to join us either day, let me know. We can accommodate multiple operators.
Better yet, if you want to activate either of these summits on the day we will not be there, that would be great, too.



Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Jon Richardson (KM4PEH)
 

I’ll be doing Mt Evans Saturday morning.  I’ll be with family (in other words, schedule not under my control).  Operating 2m, 70cm, 1.2 ghz, 6m; all FM.

 

Sunday TBD.

 

I have family coming in from out-of-state that weekend.  Its good timing that my brother scheduled a trip specifically that weekend and specifically to bicycle up Mt Evans.  I’m praying that he can handle the altitude, or have the sense to know when to stop.

 

Jon

KM4PEH

 

 

From: ham14er@ham14er.groups.io <ham14er@ham14er.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob K0NR
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 8:49 AM
To: ham14er@ham14er.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ham14er] Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

 

OK, good to see people posting their plans. Thanks!

Our tentative plan (Joyce and I) is to be on Pikes Peak on Saturday and Mt Evans on Sunday. We will do both of these as drive-ups and then operate SOTA style. My thinking is that having activators on these major summits helps generate additional chaser activity. They both cover the front-range cities pretty well.

If you want to join us either day, let me know. We can accommodate multiple operators.
Better yet, if you want to activate either of these summits on the day we will not be there, that would be great, too.


Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Bob K0NR
 

Very good, Eric!

BobW
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On Jul 13, 2021, at 8:22 PM, Eric KF0AUK via groups.io <e.r.stephenson@...> wrote:

I'm hiking into Horn Fork Basin with my son Zane, KF0BGL. The plan is to activate Mount Harvard on Saturday morning, Mount Columbia on Sunday morning.
--
KF0AUK
Eric Stephenson


Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Eric KF0AUK
 

I'm hiking into Horn Fork Basin with my son Zane, KF0BGL. The plan is to activate Mount Harvard on Saturday morning, Mount Columbia on Sunday morning.
--
KF0AUK
Eric Stephenson


Re: [w0c-sota] Grays and Torrey Parking Tickets

AE7AP
 

It is sad to hear that it is getting so crowded.  Grays and Torrey's were the first mountains that I climbed.  My father took me.  It must have been around 1978 - I had been reading the Borneman & Lampert book & talked my father into going up the Kelso-Torrey's ridge.  I thought it is was the most fun-thing ever, but I am not sure that my father was as enthusiastic about the route.  I recall that we had the ridge to ourselves, but did see a few other groups on the summits and the route down.  There was plenty of room in the parking lot.  I am still climbing & still have the book - complete with a gnawed, discolored hole on page 23 (Longs Peak) ... courtesy of a marmot at the Keyhole on Longs Peak while I was napping (which is also still one of my favorite activities).

I am busy that weekend, so I likely won't be able to work you-all - but enjoy!

73,
Rob - AE7AP


[nasota] SOTAFest Aug 7-8

Bob K0NR
 


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Subject: [nasota] SOTAFest Aug 7-8
Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2021 12:02:11 -0700
From: KM6TNT <km6tnt@...>
Reply-To: main@nasota.groups.io
To: main@nasota.groups.io


It’s Back! The 2nd annual SOTAFest, presented by SoCal SOTA. August 7-8, 2021.

 

SOTA Fest is your chance to fill your log with as many summit to summit QSOs as you can in a weekend!

 

SoCal SOTA encourages all hams worldwide to join us from their favorite peak (or that new one they just can’t wait to climb). Let’s all get out and get those S2S contacts!

 

This weekend also coincides with the Colorado 14er event. www.ham14er.org, so we can expect to hear our favorite CO activators on the air.

 

For more info, or to sign up for our email list, check out our website: www.socalsota.com.

 

 

In addition, those local to Southern California can join us at the Tanglewood Group Camp in Big Bear. https://goo.gl/maps/kYdsKz9LJXhMTmHV7 There is a limit of 40 people and 8 cars, although there are plenty of parking places nearby if we exceed that limit. Make sure to join our mailing list for more details and to sign up.


Top Five Myths Concerning the Colorado 14er Event

Bob K0NR
 

Judging by some of the questions I get, here are the Top Five Myths Concerning the Colorado 14er Event:

1. Mountaintop stations can only operate from 14,000 foot mountains.
A few years ago, the event task force decided to go "all in" and include all Summits On The Air summits in the event. This was a big change that opened up many opportunities for operating from a wide variety of summits across the state. You can still do one of the Colorado 14ers, but you don't have to.

2. Only VHF is used during the 14er Event.
The event started with a bunch of hams hiking 14ers with just a 2m FM handheld radio in their packs. Many still use that approach. But from the early days, all types of amateur radio operating was encouraged. People have done HF, VHF, UHF, satellite, CW, SSB, FM, PSK31... you name it... from the summits.

3. I have to be on a summit to participate
You can be on a summit...that's probably the most fun, if that works for you. Or you can operate from home or other locations to chase the mountaintop activators.

4. Radio activity is only on Sunday morning
This used to be the case but is no longer true. Originally, the event was a single day (usually Sunday) and was focused on the 14ers so activators tried to be off the summits by noon. Since then, we've opened it up to Saturday and Sunday, so its a weekend event.

And this year, we have the W0C-SOTA 10-10-10 event that lasts ten days, starting with the 14er event weekend. See www.w0c-sota.org/10-10-10/
 
5. You have to be a crazy awesome mountain climber to participate.
Nope. There is a wide range of SOTA summits available...including some drive-up mountains. As mentioned above, you can also operate from home and chase the summits.
--
Bob Witte, K0NR
bob@...
Check out my book:
VHF, Summits and More: Having Fun With Ham Radio



Re: [w0c-sota] Grays and Torrey Parking Tickets

Skyler Fennell
 

At some point, I am planning on trying Grays Peak from the horseshoe basin up Argentine pass the near Montezuma. 

Or torreys peak from Chihuahua lake. 

Much less crowds back there 

On Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 3:38 PM Jonathan L. Rosner <rosner@...> wrote:
Sad to hear the news.  Grays and Torreys were the first 14ers I climbed
during the summer of 1958 when I was working at the National Bureau of
Standards in Boulder.  Much less crowded then.

73,
Jon     WO9S

--      Jonathan L. Rosner               Call sign in 1958: K2EDH
         Enrico Fermi Inst., U. Chicago   Phone: 773-702-7694
         5640 S. Ellis Avenue             Fax:   773-702-8038
         Chicago, IL 60637 USA           rosner@...
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On Tue, 6 Jul 2021, Bob K0NR wrote:

> Heads up...
>
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject:
> [w0c-sota] Grays and Torrey Parking Tickets
> Date:
> Sun, 04 Jul 2021 16:53:08 -0700
> From:
> Brad WA6MM <wa6mm@...>
> Reply-To:
> w0c-sota@groups.io
> To:
> w0c-sota@groups.io
>
> Apparently Clear Creek County is now ticketing cars that park outside
> the main Grays and Torreys 14er peaks trailhead parking -- which is very
> limited.  The ticket will cost you $200.  They are going to make a lot
> of money as most people park alongside the road up to the trailhead!!
>
> I doubt I'll every climb those peaks again as it has gotten so crowded
> these past several years. Sad.....
>
> 73, Brad
> WA6MM
>
>






Re: [w0c-sota] Grays and Torrey Parking Tickets

Jonathan L. Rosner
 

Sad to hear the news. Grays and Torreys were the first 14ers I climbed
during the summer of 1958 when I was working at the National Bureau of
Standards in Boulder. Much less crowded then.

73,
Jon WO9S

-- Jonathan L. Rosner Call sign in 1958: K2EDH
Enrico Fermi Inst., U. Chicago Phone: 773-702-7694
5640 S. Ellis Avenue Fax: 773-702-8038
Chicago, IL 60637 USA rosner@hep.uchicago.edu
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On Tue, 6 Jul 2021, Bob K0NR wrote:

Heads up...
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Subject:
[w0c-sota] Grays and Torrey Parking Tickets
Date:
Sun, 04 Jul 2021 16:53:08 -0700
From:
Brad WA6MM <wa6mm@comcast.net>
Reply-To:
w0c-sota@groups.io
To:
w0c-sota@groups.io
Apparently Clear Creek County is now ticketing cars that park outside the main Grays and Torreys 14er peaks trailhead parking -- which is very limited.  The ticket will cost you $200.  They are going to make a lot of money as most people park alongside the road up to the trailhead!!
I doubt I'll every climb those peaks again as it has gotten so crowded these past several years. Sad.....
73, Brad
WA6MM


[w0c-sota] Grays and Torrey Parking Tickets

Bob K0NR
 

Heads up...

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [w0c-sota] Grays and Torrey Parking Tickets
Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2021 16:53:08 -0700
From: Brad WA6MM <wa6mm@...>
Reply-To: w0c-sota@groups.io
To: w0c-sota@groups.io


Apparently Clear Creek County is now ticketing cars that park outside the main Grays and Torreys 14er peaks trailhead parking -- which is very limited.  The ticket will cost you $200.  They are going to make a lot of money as most people park alongside the road up to the trailhead!!

I doubt I'll every climb those peaks again as it has gotten so crowded these past several years. Sad.....

73, Brad
WA6MM
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[nasota] WØC 10-10-10 Event :: Update

Bob K0NR
 

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Subject: [nasota] WØC 10-10-10 Event :: Update
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 08:47:58 -0700
From: Matt Schnizer via groups.io <k0mos@...>
Reply-To: main@nasota.groups.io
To: main@nasota.groups.io


With summer officially in session I wanted to remind everybody of the upcoming WØC event/challenge starting on August 7th, 2021 and lasting for 10 days (http://www.w0c-sota.org/10-10-10/).

Details about ranking the challenge:

  • Criteria #1: # of activated summits (>=10K feet) between August 7th 0000h (MDST) and August 17th 2400h (MDST) . For Chasers it is the # of contacts made with qualifying summits. In case of a tie:
  • Criteria #2 is the amount of SOTA points collected during this time. Still tied?
  • Criteria #3 is the amount of total QSO’s during the challenge. Still tied… we will flip a coin.

After each activation, Activators are encouraged to upload the results to the SOTA Website and send their .csv file (via email) to our CSO (Chief Spreadsheet Officer). He will compile all necessary data into a master spreadsheet and post the results on a daily basis. Chasers results will be extracted from these logs as well. The email address will be announced before the start of the challenge.

Qualifying summits:

There are 1000+ qualifying summits to pick from. You can checkout/download the list and pick your favorite summits for the event, or use SOTL.AS and apply an ALTITUDE FILTER (on the top left of the map ).

TH/summit access:

Some TH and/or summits are still closed due to the numerous wildfires last year. This is also true for certain areas within the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). In addition, RMNP requires a reservation if you want to enter the park. Here a few Websites which might be helpful:


You can also subscribe to all EVENT posts so you do not miss anything: http://www.w0c-sota.org/10-10-10/
That’s all for now. Lets cross our fingers that the fire season will not get out of hand again.

Stay safe and 73
For the org. team
Matt/KØMOS

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[w0c-sota] Mount Democrat and Lincoln still closed

Bob K0NR
 


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Subject: [w0c-sota] Mount Democrat and Lincoln still closed
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2021 11:17:58 -0700
From: Brad WA6MM <wa6mm@...>
Reply-To: w0c-sota@groups.io
To: w0c-sota@groups.io


FYI...Mount Democrat (W0C/SR-059) and Mount Lincoln (W0C/FR-001) are still closed as organizations are still negotiating with the land owners to obtain access.  I believe the landowners are concerned about liability issues and getting sued. I don't know when or if access will be granted.  People need to stay away from these mountains until they finish the negotiations.

The Kite Lake parking area is open but the only SOTA peak you should do in this area is Mount Buckskin (W0C/SP-008).  I've done Buckskin and it's a nice peak to activate but it's mostly off-trail.

73, Brad
WA6MM


Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Bob K0NR
 

OK, good to see people posting their plans. Thanks!

Our tentative plan (Joyce and I) is to be on Pikes Peak on Saturday and Mt Evans on Sunday. We will do both of these as drive-ups and then operate SOTA style. My thinking is that having activators on these major summits helps generate additional chaser activity. They both cover the front-range cities pretty well.

If you want to join us either day, let me know. We can accommodate multiple operators.
Better yet, if you want to activate either of these summits on the day we will not be there, that would be great, too.


Join BACKPACKER for National Summit Day on August 7th!

Bob K0NR
 

Duh. Well, of course Aug 7th is National Summit Day.

73 Bob K0NR

Join BACKPACKER for National Summit Day on August 7th 2021!

Find YOUR Peak with Backpacker and Big City Mountaineers

National Summit Day is a celebration of outdoors spaces, on August 7th we’ll be hitting the trails with outdoor enthusiasts of all levels and sharing the hikes (whether it’s up a mountain or down the street) that make us excited to be outside!


https://www.backpacker.com/national-summit-day/


BobW
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Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Eric KF0AUK
 

Hi Bob,

Thanks, I will post plans soon. Looking forward to it.

Eric
--
KF0AUK
Eric Stephenson


Re: Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Bob K0NR
 

Forgot:
14er event website is here: ham14er.org

Bob Witte, K0NR
bob@...

On 15-Jun-21 10:45 AM, Bob K0NR wrote:
Time to start thinking about the Colorado 14er Event (Aug 7 and 8).
Indicate your plans here: https://ham14er.groups.io/g/ham14er/database

Also keep in mind the 10-10-10 SOTA event:
http://www.w0c-sota.org/10-10-10-event-announcement/

--
Bob Witte, K0NR
bob@...
Check out my book:
VHF, Summits and More: Having Fun With Ham Radio




Hey summer is here so plan your Colorado 14er Event activation

Bob K0NR
 

Time to start thinking about the Colorado 14er Event (Aug 7 and 8).
Indicate your plans here: https://ham14er.groups.io/g/ham14er/database

Also keep in mind the 10-10-10 SOTA event:
http://www.w0c-sota.org/10-10-10-event-announcement/

--
Bob Witte, K0NR
bob@...
Check out my book:
VHF, Summits and More: Having Fun With Ham Radio



W0C/SP-089 Activation and 23 cm

Bob K0NR
 

Joyce/K0JJW and I had a good day on unnamed summit SP-089 ("Aspen Arch") yesterday with 1.2 GHz. We also worked 2m and 70 cm.

Steve/KL7IZW has a very capable 1.2 GHz station in Black Forest and he had contacted me previously about chasing us on that band for SOTA.
We did a test run from Wilkerson Pass a few weeks ago and we were able to work Steve from there.

Yesterday on SP-089 , we both worked Steve at a distance 123 km. Our station was a small Kenwood transceiver running 10 watts FM into a 14-element Comet Yagi. (This is an upgrade from the 1 watt Alinco HT.) Steve was running considerable power (100 W?) with a similar Yagi pointed at Pikes Peak. We did not have line-of-sight for this contact so we both pointed at Pikes and got enough of a reflection to get the radio wave through. It was easy to spot Pikes sticking up on the horizon and I just pointed our Yagi there.

I've been focused on using FM because of the popularity of the Alinco HT with SOTA activators. It is only $240, see https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-010038
At some point, I may add in SSB and CW to take advantage of those more efficient modes.

I've talked to a few other SOTA folks about 1.2 GHz and I hope we can do some S2S during the Colorado 14er Event and the 10-10-10 event.
Let me know if you are interested and we can coordinate some contacts.

73 Bob
--
Bob Witte, K0NR
bob@...
Check out my book:
VHF, Summits and More: Having Fun With Ham Radio


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