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Re: To folks activating peaks

Maurice De Vidts <mycorrado@...>
 

I would be interested but don't have HF or VHF right now. anyone close by
to Boulder? what peak should I visit?

Maurice, NE3S

----- Original Message -----
From: "nn0c" <nn0c@...>
To: <ham14er@...>
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 8:07 PM
Subject: [ham14er] To folks activating peaks


Looks like I'll miss out on this event again this year :( However,
as awards manager, I'll be participating afterwards.

If you did not know, there are two awards available to event
participants. The Summit award for those folks making contact with
10 or more peaks (3 Summits have been awarded since last year). The
Pinnacle award for those folks activating 5 or more peaks (no
applicants yet). More info on these awards can be found at the
www.14er.org site.

I'm still looking for dramatic, picturesque photos of peak
activations both with vehicles and hikers to use in the design of
the Pinnacle award. The photos posted to this Yahoo group are too
low in resolution to use and their "composition" not exactly what
I'm looking for. If you think you have something that would work
please contact me. If you are planning on taking photos during this
event, what I'm looking for are hikers and vehicles against a full-
sky background (little or no ground behind the subject). Also, only
one or two antennas. This "composition" is what I think would work
best for the design I have in mind. 2-megabyte resolution digital
photos would be excellent. If someone could help me out with this,
I'd greatly appreciate it.

73 and GL to all

Paul Ermisch NN0C
14er event award manager






Yahoo! Groups Links




Hi Jeff

Dan Hupp <dhupp4@...>
 

Welcome to our tiny (at the moment) group. Now we have 2 jeff's & 1
Dan, that should be nice and confusing. I'll be moving the mailing
list over here next weekend & that will add 70 folks or so, all at
various levels of confusion so things will probably get more
interesting at that point.

Don't recall talking to you but Jeff (N0XDW) & I normally hang out on
449.45 (103.5 tone) so maybe I will get to meet you at some point.

73 Dan N0TZL

New 14er group

Dan Hupp <dhupp4@...>
 

Hi all,

I just got done moving everyone from the 14ers@... mailing list
into this Yahoo groups site, it will function in much the same way as
the other mailing list and you never need to visit the Yahoo site
although I encourage you to take advantage of the features offered
there.

We now have a place for files, photos and a much better way to
coordinate efforts.

Sorry about the folks I goofed up on, you don't need to reply to the
invite message as I subscribed you directly. Anybody who doesn't
want to be a member of the group just follow the unsubscribe
instructions in the initial email or email me directly at
dhupp4@... and I will unsubscribe you.

The 14ers@... list will stay up but I hope that most of the
activity moves over here. Right now everyone is subscribed to both
lists. I envision this group as the get-together place to discuss
the event and make plans along with holding general information while
the other one will be used for announcments for the most part.

73,
Dan Hupp, N0TZL
dhupp4@...
Sec. 14er Task Force

Re: Hi Jeff

n5ujj@...
 

Hey Dan and group,

I'm the other Jeff I guess. Years ago, I organized an event here in
New Mexico with a group of 10-12 Hams and their HTs and beams to play
on top of New Mexico's 10K+ mountain peaks. We called it the New
Mexico 10,000 foot Mountain Topp'n Handy Talk'n event. The NM10kMTHT
was great fun and we did it on the first weekend of June each year
for two years. The third year, I changed jobs and the event
collasped.

I still try to keep up with what goes on during the Colorado event in
August and hope some day to be some where in Northern NM during your
event to make some contacts.

Thanks for adding me to the list over here at Yahoo.

73
DE N5UJJ, NM Jeff

--- In ham14er@y..., "Dan Hupp" <dhupp4@h...> wrote:
Welcome to our tiny (at the moment) group. Now we have 2 jeff's &
1
Dan, that should be nice and confusing. I'll be moving the mailing
list over here next weekend & that will add 70 folks or so, all at
various levels of confusion so things will probably get more
interesting at that point.

Don't recall talking to you but Jeff (N0XDW) & I normally hang out
on
449.45 (103.5 tone) so maybe I will get to meet you at some point.

73 Dan N0TZL

14er Photos on Yahoo Groups

Bob Witte KB0CY <list@...>
 

I just uploaded the 14er Event photos that I have to the yahoo groups
page. If you have Internet access, you can look at them at
http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/ham14er/lst

You may need to register with Yahoo groups, if Yahoo doesn't already
know you.

Feel free to upload additional photos that you might have that relate
to the event.

73,
Bob KB0CY

Preliminary Results for 2001 Event

Bob Witte KB0CY <list@...>
 

Here is the "preliminary 14er event results".
Usually, I get additional information from people
and then publish a "revised final" version.

In particular, did anyone catch the callsign of
an operator on Oxford?

73,
Bob KB0CY

2001 Colorado 14er Radio Event Results
Preliminary - revised Sept 30, 2001

During the 2001 (11th Annual) Colorado 14er Event, 15
"official" 14er peaks were active on the ham bands.

Year Peaks Active
2001 15
2000 18
1999 20
1998 17
1997 20
1996 17
1995 20
1994 16
1993 19

This is the fewest number of peaks active since records have
been kept. While the weather forecast looked a bit unsettled
going into the weekend, the actual weather was near perfect
with no one reporting any significant problems with
thunderstorms.

From various peaks, activity occurred on these bands using a
variety of modes (CW, SSB, FM, PSK31):
HF, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, 222 MHz, 430/440 MHz, 10 GHz.

Most of the contacts were on 2M FM, due to the popularity of that
band/mode and the compact, lightweight nature of the equipment.
70 cm FM (440 MHz) was the second most popular mode due to the
availability of dualband HTs. While the event will tend to remain
centered on VHF FM due to the need to climb most of the 14ers, we
encourage everyone to experiment with different bands and modes
as they see fit. Phil, N0KE, made the first 10 GHz contacts
for the 14er Event this year. The K0YB crew on Pikes Peak had
an APRS station running for the first time this year.

Mountains Activated This Year

Summit Call (Name)
-------- --------------
Blanca KO0A (Gordon) call is K-oh-zero-A
Bross N0XDW (Jeff), N0KE (Phil), KC0FDT (Donna)
Democrat KC0ADT (Greg)
Elbert WD0HHQ (Rob)
Evans KB0UAA (IAAS club)
Grays KC0GDN (Ian)
Handies KC0CAV (Eric), KC0CEN (Daniel)
Lincoln KC0EFR (Mike), KC0INX (Kristin), KC0MOM (Carol)
Longs N0EC (Ron)
Oxford ???? (Perk?)
Pikes K0YB (K0YB Radio Crew)
Quandary K3OG (Peter)
Torreys KG0CZ (Paul)
Uncompaghre WE7C (Glen)
Wilson Pk N5GIC (Andy)

Other stations at "notable high spots":
Mt. Cameron - WO9S and others
(Cameron is 14,238 feet high but is not on the Colorado
Mountain Club list of official 14ers due to close proximity
to Mt Lincoln)
Trail Ridge Road - K0PF (Chris)

The longest distance contact between 14er stations was on 2M FM
between KB0UAA on Mount Evans and KC0CAV on Handies Peak for a
distance of 153 miles. If you'd like to claim a longer distance
contact, please let me know. (14er distance information is available
on the 14er event web site.)

The record for best DX between 14er stations is 188 miles, set
in 1995 during a QSO between Andy AA0CM on Longs Peak and
Jan W3GEY on Sunshine Peak.

A new 2M all-mode record of 551 miles was set by N0XDW and N0KE
on Mt Bross, who both worked W7XU and N0QJM on CW near
Parker, South Dakota (Grid EN13lm). This blew away the old
record set last year by the crew on Mount Evans (W4HXS
operated by N0XDW) when they worked N5OBA down in New Mexico
for a distance of 395 miles. Evans and Bross have the advantage
of being drive-up mountains.

Of course, let's not get hung up on distance records. Tracking
distance records helps people understand the kind of DX that
is possible on VHF and up without the use of exotic equipment
or requiring exceptional operating conditions. The main goal
is to get out in the mountains, see who we can work, learn
something about radio communications and have some fun along
the way!

Thanks to everyone that came out and activated the mountaintops.
As usual, we had a good mix of returning 14er event veterans
and new participants. I hope you had a fun, safe experience.
Also, thanks goes to all of the operators that took the time
to work the mountaintop stations from down below.

Mark your calendars for next year's event: AUGUST 25, 2002

73,
The 14er Event Task Force
info@...

Colorado 14er Event website: <http://www.Colorado14erEvent.org>

Yahoo Groups website for email list and file sharing:
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ham14er

Introduction

Victor <victropolis@...>
 

Hi y'all!

Just a brief introductory message.

I'm 32 years old. I've been a Colorado resident since August of
2000, at which time I moved here from California to start a new job
as a Software Engineer with a local Internet startup company. On
April 26, 2001 I was very happy to close on my first home in
Superior, CO, and on May 7, 2001, just 11 days later, I was laid off
along with more than half of my colleagues. Quite an inauspicious
beginning for a first time homeowner, huh?

Anyway, that's a little bit about me. I look forward to interacting
with you in this group.

Best regards,

-Victor

Re: Introduction

Bob Witte KB0CY <list@...>
 

Victor,
Welcome to the ham14er email list.
You can find more info on the Colorado 14er Event at
www.Colorado14erEvent.org.

Sorry about your experience with moving and buying
the house. We seem to be in an uncertain phase right
now.

73,
Bob KB0CY

----- Original Message -----
From: Victor <victropolis@...>
To: <ham14er@...>
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2001 0:19 AM
Subject: [ham14er] Introduction


Hi y'all!

Just a brief introductory message.

I'm 32 years old. I've been a Colorado resident since August of
2000, at which time I moved here from California to start a new job
as a Software Engineer with a local Internet startup company. On
April 26, 2001 I was very happy to close on my first home in
Superior, CO, and on May 7, 2001, just 11 days later, I was laid off
along with more than half of my colleagues. Quite an inauspicious
beginning for a first time homeowner, huh?

Anyway, that's a little bit about me. I look forward to interacting
with you in this group.

Best regards,

-Victor




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How did the operating guidelines work out?

ermisch@...
 

I wasn't able to participate but I heard that operating guidelines
(calling frequencies, etc.) were revised for 2001. How did that work
out?

Paul/KB0LUR

Re: How did the operating guidelines work out?

Bob Witte KB0CY <list@...>
 

Paul,
Here's what I've heard (but I am interested in additional feedback):

- the new band plan worked well for the most part (based on
my scanning of the 2M FM band)
- I've received some positive comments on the new band plan
and have not received any comments suggesting we return
to the old band plan
- there was some "clogging" of the primary frequency, especially
near the beginning of the event. We need to learn to spread
out as the congestion builds.

73,
Bob KB0CY

----- Original Message -----
From: <ermisch@...>
To: <ham14er@...>
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2001 5:49 AM
Subject: [ham14er] How did the operating guidelines work out?


I wasn't able to participate but I heard that operating guidelines
(calling frequencies, etc.) were revised for 2001. How did that work
out?

Paul/KB0LUR



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Re: How did the operating guidelines work out?

Ron Galbraith - N0EC <n0ec@...>
 

I don't think there was a problem with the band plan so to speak, but the
problem is with education with those who are operating, and trying to
contact the peaks. The guys who are on Pikes Peak, or Mt. Evans, or other
peaks with their cars, don't really seem to understand how difficult it is
for those of us climbing the peaks, and how little time we usually have.
Personally I'd like to see a sort of "net control" set up on Pikes Peak with
a dedicated frequency up there, with someone listening all the time, and no
rag chewing. When a peak is activated, there will be at least one station
with great coverage who can then relay the fact that the new peak is on. It
would be nice to be checking in with net control from time to time while
climbing too, and a progress of some of the peaks could be updated for
everyone, or even for emergency reasons. The other suggestion I would have
is to have an experienced operator doing the net control, and one who is
familiar with weak signal operations, or at least have someone experienced
listening, or helping out. It took me quite some time to even get any ones
attention from Longs Peak this year, and I never did contact Pikes Peak. I
had other "murphys law" stuff to deal with this year, but plan to be real
serious next year, including ssb equipment.

Ron - N0EC
(Longs Peak)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Witte KB0CY" <list@...>
To: <ham14er@...>
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2001 7:06 AM
Subject: Re: [ham14er] How did the operating guidelines work out?


Paul,
Here's what I've heard (but I am interested in additional feedback):

- the new band plan worked well for the most part (based on
my scanning of the 2M FM band)
- I've received some positive comments on the new band plan
and have not received any comments suggesting we return
to the old band plan
- there was some "clogging" of the primary frequency, especially
near the beginning of the event. We need to learn to spread
out as the congestion builds.

73,
Bob KB0CY

----- Original Message -----
From: <ermisch@...>
To: <ham14er@...>
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2001 5:49 AM
Subject: [ham14er] How did the operating guidelines work out?


I wasn't able to participate but I heard that operating guidelines
(calling frequencies, etc.) were revised for 2001. How did that work
out?

Paul/KB0LUR



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Town of Superior Online Community

Victor <victropolis@...>
 

Hey everybody!

In case you are interested, I created a new group today for people
that live in the Town of Superior, Colorado.

The URL for the group is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/townofsuperior.

Please let your friends in Superior know about it.

Take care and have a great day!

-Victor

Final Results for 2001 Event

Bob Witte KB0CY <list@...>
 

With no additions or corrections reported, the
"preliminary results" are now the "final results"
for the 2001 Colorado 14er Event

----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Witte KB0CY <list@...>
To: <14er@...>; <ham14er@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2001 10:24 AM
Subject: [ham14er] Preliminary Results for 2001 Event



2001 Colorado 14er Radio Event Results
FINAL - revised Oct 13, 2001

During the 2001 (11th Annual) Colorado 14er Event, 15
"official" 14er peaks were active on the ham bands.

Year Peaks Active
2001 15
2000 18
1999 20
1998 17
1997 20
1996 17
1995 20
1994 16
1993 19

This is the fewest number of peaks active since records have
been kept. While the weather forecast looked a bit unsettled
going into the weekend, the actual weather was near perfect
with no one reporting any significant problems with
thunderstorms.

From various peaks, activity occurred on these bands using a
variety of modes (CW, SSB, FM, PSK31):
HF, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, 222 MHz, 430/440 MHz, 10 GHz.

Most of the contacts were on 2M FM, due to the popularity of that
band/mode and the compact, lightweight nature of the equipment.
70 cm FM (440 MHz) was the second most popular mode due to the
availability of dualband HTs. While the event will tend to remain
centered on VHF FM due to the need to climb most of the 14ers, we
encourage everyone to experiment with different bands and modes
as they see fit. Phil, N0KE, made the first 10 GHz contacts
for the 14er Event this year. The K0YB crew on Pikes Peak had
an APRS station running for the first time this year.

Mountains Activated This Year

Summit Call (Name)
-------- --------------
Blanca KO0A (Gordon) call is K-oh-zero-A
Bross N0XDW (Jeff), N0KE (Phil), KC0FDT (Donna)
Democrat KC0ADT (Greg)
Elbert WD0HHQ (Rob)
Evans KB0UAA (IAAS club)
Grays KC0GDN (Ian)
Handies KC0CAV (Eric), KC0CEN (Daniel)
Lincoln KC0EFR (Mike), KC0INX (Kristin), KC0MOM (Carol)
Longs N0EC (Ron)
Oxford ???? (Perk?)
Pikes K0YB (K0YB Radio Crew)
Quandary K3OG (Peter)
Torreys KG0CZ (Paul)
Uncompaghre WE7C (Glen)
Wilson Pk N5GIC (Andy)

Other stations at "notable high spots":
Mt. Cameron - WO9S and others
(Cameron is 14,238 feet high but is not on the Colorado
Mountain Club list of official 14ers due to close proximity
to Mt Lincoln)
Trail Ridge Road - K0PF (Chris)

The longest distance contact between 14er stations was on 2M FM
between KB0UAA on Mount Evans and KC0CAV on Handies Peak for a
distance of 153 miles. If you'd like to claim a longer distance
contact, please let me know. (14er distance information is available
on the 14er event web site.)

The record for best DX between 14er stations is 188 miles, set
in 1995 during a QSO between Andy AA0CM on Longs Peak and
Jan W3GEY on Sunshine Peak.

A new 2M all-mode record of 551 miles was set by N0XDW and N0KE
on Mt Bross, who both worked W7XU and N0QJM on CW near
Parker, South Dakota (Grid EN13lm). This blew away the old
record set last year by the crew on Mount Evans (W4HXS
operated by N0XDW) when they worked N5OBA down in New Mexico
for a distance of 395 miles. Evans and Bross have the advantage
of being drive-up mountains.

Of course, let's not get hung up on distance records. Tracking
distance records helps people understand the kind of DX that
is possible on VHF and up without the use of exotic equipment
or requiring exceptional operating conditions. The main goal
is to get out in the mountains, see who we can work, learn
something about radio communications and have some fun along
the way!

Thanks to everyone that came out and activated the mountaintops.
As usual, we had a good mix of returning 14er event veterans
and new participants. I hope you had a fun, safe experience.
Also, thanks goes to all of the operators that took the time
to work the mountaintop stations from down below.

Mark your calendars for next year's event: AUGUST 25, 2002

73,
The 14er Event Task Force
info@...

Colorado 14er Event website: <http://www.Colorado14erEvent.org>

Yahoo Groups website for email list and file sharing:
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ham14er

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Victor Rodriguez <victropolis@...>
 

Hi everybody!

Deidy and I just wanted to extend our wishes for a safe and happy holiday
season to you and yours.
Best wishes,

Victor & Deidy Rodriguez
URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/got-freedom

14er Plans

n0tzl <dhupp4@...>
 

Hi All,

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season. Anyone making plans for
the 14er event next year? 71 members of the group so lets see how
many of us make it to our favorite summit & don't forget to bring
your mirrors.

73 Dan N0TZL

"Sign Up" list for 2002 Event

robtwitte <list@...>
 

Ham14er list:
I've added a Table to the "Database" section of the yahoo groups web
site called "Mountaintop Operating Plans". This is the signup
mechanism for the 14er Event. The idea is that each person indicates
their plans for the event, in particular what summit they plan to
activate, by listing it in this table.

If you don't have web access, anyone that is signed up for the
ham14er yahoo group can make the table entry for you.

73,
Bob KB0CY

--- In ham14er@y..., "n0tzl" <dhupp4@a...> wrote:
Hi All,

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season. Anyone making plans for
the 14er event next year? 71 members of the group so lets see how
many of us make it to our favorite summit & don't forget to bring
your mirrors.

73 Dan N0TZL

IAAS & DPS North High Amateur Radio Group Mt. Evans Plans...

kb0qqw <crand@...>
 

Hi All,

Our preliminary plans for the 2002 14er include not only 2m FM, but
also, we'll be trying 2m SSB. 6m FM, 6m SSB, 440mhz FM, 1.2ghz FM,
HF SSB & HF CW stations are also planned. Oh yeah, we're going to
bring a signal mirror as well. That will round out our Mt. Evans
station. I don't know specifics on the HF SSB & HF CW stations in
terms of bands & such yet, but once we get that determined, we'll
publish them here.

I would like to see what others are bringing with them. I realize
that the walkup/hikeup/campout mountains are not able to bring as
much gear with them.

Chris

Not exactly the 14ner event, but good training...

Molly Hardman <molly@...>
 

Folks,

I'd like to alert you all to an event that takes place in the SW Colorado
mountains in early July and that needs a cadre of radio hams who enjoy the
high, backcountry. The event is the Hardrock Hundred, a 100 mile foot race
that starts and finishes in Silverton, CO and this year takes place July 12th
- 14th. The race takes place almost entirely on obscure trails and tracks in
the mountains, as the runners will wend their way from Silverton, almost to
Lake City, over the summit of Handies Peak and then on to Ouray and
Telluride, before ending up in Silverton again. The time limit for the run
is 48 hours.

The only way this run takes place is through the efforts of radio hams who
work at each of the aid stations keeping track of runners. Some of the aid
stations are hike-in ones and would be GREAT practice for the 14ner event.
The race is also an interesting technical challenge for amateur radio
considering the terrain. Since the race started, there is now a permanent 2m
repeater in Silverton (partially supported with race funds) and we also make
use of a number of temporary 70cm and 2m repeaters. Last year there was an
attempt at getting an ATV link from one of the aid stations to the finish
line.

If any of you are interested in volunteering for this event or have
questions, please contact me via email or phone and let me know. I have
worked the race each year since its inception in 1992 (it was canceled one
year due to excess snow on the course!). You might also like to take a look
at the Hardrock website at http://www.run100s.com/HR/

Thanks for reading,
Molly, W├śMOM

**********************************************************

Molly Hardman Manager, Product Technical Support

CrossLink, inc. Email: molly@...
6185 Arapahoe Ave., Phone: (303)473-9232x105
Boulder, CO 80303 Fax: (303)473-9660

***********************************************************

Laughter can be more satisfying than honor;
more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer.

- Harriet Rochlin.



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Re: Not exactly the 14ner event, but good training...

Bob Witte KB0CY <list@...>
 

Molly,
Thanks for passing this along to the group.

I helped with this event a number of years ago and it was great fun.
Like the 14er Event, it represents challenges that are a combination
of technical, propagation, understanding the terrain, physical hiking
and 4WD vehicle operation.

Watching these runners go 100 miles through the mountains is impressive.

Bob KB0CY

----- Original Message -----
From: "Molly Hardman" <molly@...>
To: <ham14er@...>
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 9:55 AM
Subject: [ham14er] Not exactly the 14ner event, but good training...


Folks,

I'd like to alert you all to an event that takes place in the SW Colorado
mountains in early July and that needs a cadre of radio hams who enjoy the
high, backcountry. The event is the Hardrock Hundred, a 100 mile foot race
that starts and finishes in Silverton, CO and this year takes place July
12th
- 14th. The race takes place almost entirely on obscure trails and tracks
in
the mountains, as the runners will wend their way from Silverton, almost to
Lake City, over the summit of Handies Peak and then on to Ouray and
Telluride, before ending up in Silverton again. The time limit for the run
is 48 hours.

The only way this run takes place is through the efforts of radio hams who
work at each of the aid stations keeping track of runners. Some of the aid
stations are hike-in ones and would be GREAT practice for the 14ner event.
The race is also an interesting technical challenge for amateur radio
considering the terrain. Since the race started, there is now a permanent
2m
repeater in Silverton (partially supported with race funds) and we also make
use of a number of temporary 70cm and 2m repeaters. Last year there was an
attempt at getting an ATV link from one of the aid stations to the finish
line.

If any of you are interested in volunteering for this event or have
questions, please contact me via email or phone and let me know. I have
worked the race each year since its inception in 1992 (it was canceled one
year due to excess snow on the course!). You might also like to take a look
at the Hardrock website at http://www.run100s.com/HR/

Thanks for reading,
Molly, WMOM

**********************************************************

Molly Hardman Manager, Product Technical Support

CrossLink, inc. Email: molly@...
6185 Arapahoe Ave., Phone: (303)473-9232x105
Boulder, CO 80303 Fax: (303)473-9660

***********************************************************

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more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer.

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Band plans and power levels

Bob Witte KB0CY <list@...>
 

The 14er Event Task Force has been discussing the issue of
interference problems during the 14er Event. Basically, there has
been some adjacent channel interference from stations on one
summit to nearby adjacent summits. This has been particularly
noticeable on drive-up summits (with mobile stations running
higher power than handheld units). The biggest problem seems to
center on the Bross/Lincoln/Democrat area but other mountains
have been affected.

The Task Force mostly discussed two main remedies for this problem:
1. Limit the output power during the event
2. Change the band plan to move the drive-up mountains
further away in frequency (down to the 146 MHz range)
to increase the frequency separation between handhelds
and high power stations.

After a very lively debate about the merits of these ideas, the
Task Force basically concluded to not change the rules of the event
nor the band plan at this time.

However, the Task Force did agree to:
- Make participants aware of these interference problems, especially
when stations run high power.
- Remind participants that most of the mountaintop stations are
running handheld radios with < 5 Watts of output power.
- Remind participants that the FCC regulations say "use minimum
transmitter
power necessary" to carry on a communication.
- Encourage high power stations to avoid running more than 50W of
power during the 10 AM to noon time window, which is prime operating
time for the hike-up operators.

In summary, this is a "let's see if we can all cooperate and get along"
approach
to the problem. We agreed to try this...if the problem continues, we will
revisit the issue again next year.

For more information on this, contact a member of the Task Force, who are

Bob KB0CY, Andy AA0CM, Chris KB0QQW, Dan N0TZL,
Walt W4HXC, Greg KC0ADT, Jeff N0XDW


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Bob Witte
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