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Maroon Peak and Mt. of the Holy Cross

David Stillman
 

I drove to the Maroon-Snowmass trailhead on Friday night and slept in the back of the truck, alarm set for 3:15. I woke up and hit the trail just after 3:30am and a cup of coffee. The trail is largely flat until a junction at 10,400' or so, just two miles from the summit. I turned off at around 5am and headed straight up for nearly 4,000' of vertical and made the summit at 8:30 to beautiful skies.

With it being early and VHF quiet, I set up hf and made a few contacts on 20m while an airplane was doing some swooping fly-by maneuvers, which made _my_ stomach turn just watching. I jumped over to VHF and worked all the summits that had made it by 10:30. I packed up and decided to do the low 5th class traverse over to North Maroon a half mile away, which was harrowing to say the least. I have some 360° video of the adventure, I'll throw that on youtube and add it to this thread. There were some folks on N. Maroon that were actually headed the reverse direction over to Maroon when I was headed down at 11:45 or so, which made me question their sanity just a bit...

I made it in about an hour, and from there it's a 4th class scramble back to Crater lake and on to the truck, which was in a then very crowded parking lot. I made my way through Boom Days in Leadville and on to the trailhead at Mt. of the Holy Cross.

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It started raining almost as soon as I parked. I cooked a quick dinner in the back of the truck under the camper shell, and shared a couple beers and some stories under a tarp with a guy camping in a subaru a few cars down. I went to sleep to the soothing pitter-patter of rain above my head...

... and woke up to same at 3:30 when my alarm went off. The forecast said a chance of scattered showers before 2pm, and a chance of showers after 2pm, which was not super helpful. I decided to hike in the rain until the sun came up and make a summit call then, when I had some visibility.

It rained most of the first few miles, but seemed to be letting up when I got to treeline. I pushed on, hoping for the best. Gaining the NW ridge I met some fellow climbers, and we were all eyes to the sky. We seemed to be in between a set of storms, so decided to push on despite everyone's better judgement. A few hundred vertical from the summit the rain let up so we decided to go for it.

I got to the summit just after 8am and was able to make one contact with W0BV before the next storm really started rolling in. We started down the mountain two minutes later, when we saw the first lightning of the day. I counted to six before the thunder, so just over a mile away and approaching fast. A few hundred vertical down we encountered strong winds and hail blowing sideways into our faces, and I wound up basically running across the Boulder field to treeline as fast as possible. It alternated between bluebird skies and rain the rest of the hike down, and even on the drive back on I70.

Bummed not to activate (and to be honest was pushing my luck as it is) but the mountain is presumably still there and I'll live to climb it another day. As Bob said, there's always next year :)




73,

David KI6YMZ

Re: No Success on Antero Today

Brad - WA6MM
 

Hi Jeff,
Wow...you had an interesting day with the weather!  Several of us abandoned  our climbs or had to retreat early before making many contacts.  Better to be safe and climb another day.  The mountains aren't going anywhere.

73, Brad
WA6MM


Re: No Success on Antero Today

Jeff <jeff@...>
 

I checked forecast for Evans yesterday, didn’t show any issues until mid afternoon. Was up to the parking lot by 9 am and the wind was so bad it was difficult to walk or breathe. Waited in car for a let up, it started to rain then switched to snow. 

 Eventually I could see blue sky around the summit so headed up, got the antenna set up for 40m and was calling CQ a minute before the alert. 40 was not hopping, switched to 20 and made a small handful of contacts, then back to 40 for one more contact. Then 6, 6 was not active but first contact was to Georgia 😮. 

Then it started to rain again and turned to snow again and I was glad to be heading down the mountain. 

I was hoping for a S2S with you Brad, maybe next time. 

Speaking of S2S I know I worked at least a couple of S2S, but only got one notated. 


On Aug 5, 2018, at 13:52, wa6mm@... [ham14er]<ham14er@...> wrote:

Sorry to hear that Bob!  I abandoned my 14er climb before I left my house this morning after checking the weather.  I didn't want to drive all the miles, climb for three hours just to turnaround.  At least we had good weather yesterday.  That's why it's good to hold the 14er event for two days rather than one as in the past.

73, Brad
WA6MM

Re: No Success on Antero Today

Brad - WA6MM
 

Sorry to hear that Bob!  I abandoned my 14er climb before I left my house this morning after checking the weather.  I didn't want to drive all the miles, climb for three hours just to turnaround.  At least we had good weather yesterday.  That's why it's good to hold the 14er event for two days rather than one as in the past.

73, Brad
WA6MM

No Success on Antero Today

Bob K0NR
 

Joyce/K0JJW and I headed up Mt Antero today for the 14er Event. The wx forecast showed storms coming in around noon so we wanted to be ahead of that.
Instead we encountered rain while driving to the trail, so we decided to divert to Mount White, which is a 13er nearby but a shorter hike. We were hoping we could squeeze in a quick activation. Got about half way up that summit when we heard lightning nearby so abandoned the effort. This all happened around 9 AM.

Oh well. Next year.

73 Bob K0NR

--
Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com

Re: First Activation of Maroon Peak - KI6YMZ

Paul Gacek
 

Thanks, David KI6YMZ for W0C/WE-002 and Mark N0MTN for W0C/SR-061.

Both S2S from the very smokey White Mountains, California. Ferguson fire near Yosemite was the source.

Paul W6PNG

On Aug 4, 2018, at 4:25 PM, wa6mm@... [ham14er] <ham14er@...> wrote:

 

Nicely done David (KI6YMZ)!!  I really like the fact that you and several other activators were really close or ahead of their posted times.  It was great to work KI6YMZ, N0MTN, K0NR, K0JJW, and K0ETT on their respective 14ers today.  The weather tuned out to be better than predicted earlier in the week.  I ended up with 40 contacts (many HF!!).  I missed some of the activators who were QRV after I went QRT.

We'll try it again tomorrow.

73, Brad
WA6MM

Re: Logging SOTA contacts for the 14er event

Peter Ebertowsky
 

Here's my log for Saturday, formatted for uploading to the SOTA database. I use Excel to create a CSV file. Column 3 is my SOTA summit designator, I was chasing from below the summit for the first two contacts. Column 5 is UTC time. Column 9 is the other person's summit designator.
I was on Mt Flora, which is just over 13,000 feet, and used a HT with the MFJ telescopic whip antenna. I had QSOs with people on five 14ers, but my late arrival made it that I ended up with 5 summit to summit QSOs on only  two 14ers, Sherman and Antero. Thanks to chasers and those activators who made it to the summits of 14ers.

Peter KD0YOB



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v2
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KD0YOB
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4/8/2018
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15:12
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144MHz
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FM
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WA6MM
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W0C/PR-015
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Brad on Mt Bierstadt
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v2
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KD0YOB
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4/8/2018
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15:52
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144MHz
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FM
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K0NR
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W0C/SR-005
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Bob on Mt Princeton
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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16:44
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144MHz
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FM
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KI6YMZ
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below az on Maroon Peaks
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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16:46
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144MHz
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FM
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NO2D
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Parker CO
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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16:48
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144MHz
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FM
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KN0MAP
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Dan in Woodland Park CO
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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16:55
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144MHz
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FM
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W0ASB
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W0C/SR-003
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S2S Mt Antero
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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17:02
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144MHz
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FM
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KE0PNG
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Mark in Centennial CO
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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17:07
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144MHz
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FM
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W0CP
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Walt in Cherry Hills Village CO
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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17:09
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144MHz
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FM
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AD0KE
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W0C/SR-061
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S2S Mt Sherman
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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17:11
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144MHz
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FM
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N0MTN
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W0C/SR-061
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S2S Mt Sherman
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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17:13
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144MHz
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FM
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K9DBX
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W0C/SR-061
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S2S Mt Sherman
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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17:20
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144MHz
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FM
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W0HCY
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Brett mobile in Aurora

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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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17:22
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144MHz
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FM
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KM4PEH
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W0C/SR-003
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S2S Mt Antero
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v2
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KD0YOB
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W0C/SR-035
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4/8/2018
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17:24
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144MHz
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FM
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K0NR
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descending Mt Princeton
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On Saturday, August 4, 2018, 6:10:22 PM MDT, 'Bob Witte (K0NR)' @K0NR [ham14er] <ham14er@...> wrote:

 
Just a few thoughts about logging your SOTA contacts from the 14er event

The SOTA program maintains a very robust database for keeping track of
SOTA contacts, both for "Activators" and "Chasers".
See http://www.sotadata.org.uk/

Its all done on the honor system, no QSLs or other confirmations required.

If you operated from a summit you probably worked other summits, which
is known as S2S (Summit-to-Summit). There are special awards for S2S
contacts.
Most mountaintop stations should submit both an "Activator" log, for
stations that worked you AND a "Chaser" log for the other SOTA summits
you worked.
The "Chaser" log is set up so that you can indicate S2S contacts.

The system is actually quite robust but might be a bit complex the first
time you use it. If you need help, give me a holler.

One last thought: there is a really cool SOTA log editor program (free,
runs on Windows) that I've found to be useful for creating and editing
SOTA logs.
See https://www.g0lgs.co.uk/soft_info.php?AppName=sotacsveditor
I've been using it a lot.

73 Bob K0NR

--
Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com


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Re: First Activation of Maroon Peak - KI6YMZ

David Stillman
 

I sure did, will send along when at a real computer with more than one bar of 1x reception. I did the traverse from maroon to north maroon as well, and have video of that. It was pretty exciting :)

Maybe you could jump to SSB tomorrow and work a no-code wimp such as myself... new end of summer goal is to finish learning CW!

Sorry for the typos, sent from a mobile device

On Aug 4, 2018, at 17:51, wa6mm@... [ham14er] <ham14er@...> wrote:

 

David,
I hope you took some pictures of your HF antenna setup on Maroon! I'd be interested in seeing that my friend.  I hope to work you again 14er S2S tomorrow.

73, Brad
WA6MM

Logging SOTA contacts for the 14er event

Bob K0NR
 

Just a few thoughts about logging your SOTA contacts from the 14er event

The SOTA program maintains a very robust database for keeping track of SOTA contacts, both for "Activators" and "Chasers".
See http://www.sotadata.org.uk/

Its all done on the honor system, no QSLs or other confirmations required.

If you operated from a summit you probably worked other summits, which is known as S2S (Summit-to-Summit). There are special awards for S2S contacts.
Most mountaintop stations should submit both an "Activator" log, for stations that worked you AND a "Chaser" log for the other SOTA summits you worked.
The "Chaser" log is set up so that you can indicate S2S contacts.

The system is actually quite robust but might be a bit complex the first time you use it. If you need help, give me a holler.

One last thought: there is a really cool SOTA log editor program (free, runs on Windows) that I've found to be useful for creating and editing SOTA logs.
See https://www.g0lgs.co.uk/soft_info.php?AppName=sotacsveditor
I've been using it a lot.

73 Bob K0NR

--
Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com

Re: First Activation of Maroon Peak - KI6YMZ

Brad - WA6MM
 

David,
I hope you took some pictures of your HF antenna setup on Maroon! I'd be interested in seeing that my friend.  I hope to work you again 14er S2S tomorrow.

73, Brad
WA6MM

Re: First Activation of Maroon Peak - KI6YMZ

David Stillman
 

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! It was not an easy peak, but I got an early start. Was great working the other 14ers and a handful of stations around the US on hf, including a couple S2S!

Headed to camp at another trailhead now, if my legs and the weather allow I should be up Mt. of the Holy Cross by 9 or so tomorrow.

73

Sorry for the typos, sent from a mobile device

On Aug 4, 2018, at 17:25, wa6mm@... [ham14er] <ham14er@...> wrote:

 

Nicely done David (KI6YMZ)!!  I really like the fact that you and several other activators were really close or ahead of their posted times.  It was great to work KI6YMZ, N0MTN, K0NR, K0JJW, and K0ETT on their respective 14ers today.  The weather tuned out to be better than predicted earlier in the week.  I ended up with 40 contacts (many HF!!).  I missed some of the activators who were QRV after I went QRT.

We'll try it again tomorrow.

73, Brad
WA6MM

Re: First Activation of Maroon Peak - KI6YMZ

Brad - WA6MM
 

Nicely done David (KI6YMZ)!!  I really like the fact that you and several other activators were really close or ahead of their posted times.  It was great to work KI6YMZ, N0MTN, K0NR, K0JJW, and K0ETT on their respective 14ers today.  The weather tuned out to be better than predicted earlier in the week.  I ended up with 40 contacts (many HF!!).  I missed some of the activators who were QRV after I went QRT.

We'll try it again tomorrow.

73, Brad
WA6MM

Re: First Activation of Maroon Peak - KI6YMZ

Mark Molberg
 

Congratulations David! Thank you for the S2S. I was on Mount Sherman today. Spent almost three hours on the summit.

73
Mark
N0MTN


On Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 4:23 PM, 'Bob Witte (K0NR)' bob@... [ham14er]
wrote:
 

Congrats to David/KI6YMZ for the first SOTA activation of Maroon Peak
(W0C/WE-002) today.
One of the Colorado 14ers and not an "easy" one.

73 Bob

--
Bob Witte / K0NR / bob@... / www.k0nr.com

First Activation of Maroon Peak - KI6YMZ

Bob K0NR
 

Congrats to David/KI6YMZ for the first SOTA activation of Maroon Peak (W0C/WE-002) today.
One of the Colorado 14ers and not an "easy" one.

73 Bob

--
Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com

Re: More signups coming in

Bob K0NR
 

Our standard VHF SOTA setup is the FT-90 powered by a LiPo battery. Works great. Usually run 30W output power.

BobW
Sent from mobile device

On Aug 3, 2018, at 14:20, Jeff jeff@... [ham14er] <ham14er@...> wrote:

I wish I had a suitable 2M rig. I do have an Ft-90, did you ever try one portable? It would provide 2 and 70cm...

The battery for my old Icom HT will not take a charge.

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 3, 2018, at 08:45, 'Bob Witte (K0NR)' @K0NR [ham14er] <ham14er@...> wrote:

More signups coming in. Thanks!

Sorry about the problems with Yahoo groups...we'll likely migrate to
another system before next year.

I see KE0RBF has signed up for Pikes Peak on Sunday. Great! If you plan
to drive up, be advised that access to the summit is via free shuttle
bus due to construction on the new summit house. They will likely have
you park at Devils Playground and catch the shuttle there.

If anyone else plans to do Pikes, let us know so people can coordinate.
A crowd of people all trying to operate on the same band does not go well.

I see Mount Evans has activators on Saturday (W0CA) and Sunday (N0XDW).
That is great to see. I will warn you that the summit area can get
crowded on a nice summer weekend. K0JJW and I operated from there last
year with just small VHF antennas and we had people climbing around us
and stepping on gear. Try to find a spot out of the way and minimize the
amount of space you take up.

73 Bob K0NR

Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com


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Yahoo Groups Links


Re: More signups coming in

Jeff <jeff@...>
 

I wish I had a suitable 2M rig. I do have an Ft-90, did you ever try one portable? It would provide 2 and 70cm...

The battery for my old Icom HT will not take a charge.

On Aug 3, 2018, at 08:45, 'Bob Witte (K0NR)' @K0NR [ham14er] <ham14er@...> wrote:

More signups coming in. Thanks!

Sorry about the problems with Yahoo groups...we'll likely migrate to
another system before next year.

I see KE0RBF has signed up for Pikes Peak on Sunday. Great! If you plan
to drive up, be advised that access to the summit is via free shuttle
bus due to construction on the new summit house. They will likely have
you park at Devils Playground and catch the shuttle there.

If anyone else plans to do Pikes, let us know so people can coordinate.
A crowd of people all trying to operate on the same band does not go well.

I see Mount Evans has activators on Saturday (W0CA) and Sunday (N0XDW).
That is great to see. I will warn you that the summit area can get
crowded on a nice summer weekend. K0JJW and I operated from there last
year with just small VHF antennas and we had people climbing around us
and stepping on gear. Try to find a spot out of the way and minimize the
amount of space you take up.

73 Bob K0NR

Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com

14er Event Tomorrow

Bob K0NR
 

This just in...

This REI 14er educational event is tomorrow so its right on top of our 14er event weekend.
Forwarding this to the list anyway in case you want to stop by.

Bob K0NR

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Subject: 14er Event Tomorrow
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2018 08:26:24 -0600
From: Philip Magistro <philip_magistro@...>
To: b0cao@..., @K0NR
CC: Rebecca Fenter <rfenter@...>



Chris and Bob,

My name is Phil Magistro.  I am a Climbing Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.  I have a HAM license (N3YQI) and did a patrol a few years ago during the 14er event with another operator.  I noticed that the Summits on the Air event is tomorrow, and wanted to reach out.

I apologize for the late notice, but want to let you know that there will be a 14er education event happening tommorrow, August 4th, all afternoon and into the evening at REI Denver and 14er Brewing.  Two rangers from RMNP, myself included, will be there, as will several other non-profits and vendors. I am not sure if it's too late to involve a radio operator, but I've cc'd Becca at REI, who will be point on setup, and I'm sure we can try to accomodate you if someone is available and interested.

Alternately, it may be an interesting event for you and/or your group to attend.  If you are able to send an email to the group with the information, I would appreciate it.  We'd like to reach as many individuals as possible!

More information: https://www.rei.com/event/14ers-education-day/denver/214452

Sincerely,

Philip J. Magistro
Climbing Ranger
Rocky Mountain National Park
970-586-1286 (Ranger Operations)
610-413-2240 (cell)

More signups coming in

Bob K0NR
 

More signups coming in. Thanks!

Sorry about the problems with Yahoo groups...we'll likely migrate to another system before next year.

I see KE0RBF has signed up for Pikes Peak on Sunday. Great! If you plan to drive up, be advised that access to the summit is via free shuttle bus due to construction on the new summit house. They will likely have you park at Devils Playground and catch the shuttle there.

If anyone else plans to do Pikes, let us know so people can coordinate. A crowd of people all trying to operate on the same band does not go well.

I see Mount Evans has activators on Saturday (W0CA) and Sunday (N0XDW). That is great to see. I will warn you that the summit area can get crowded on a nice summer weekend. K0JJW and I operated from there last year with just small VHF antennas and we had people climbing around us and stepping on gear. Try to find a spot out of the way and minimize the amount of space you take up.

73 Bob K0NR

Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com

On 31-Jul-18 3:11 PM, 'Bob Witte (K0NR)' @K0NR [ham14er] wrote:
Now we're talking...
There are 19 summits listed, including two W6's.
Keep them coming!

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ham14er/database/

Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com

On 28-Jul-18 7:18 PM, wa6mm@... [ham14er] wrote:

Hi Bob,
I posted my plans for the 14er event next weekend. I see you did
also.  I plan to be on14ers both days and work as many stations as
possible -- on VHF and HF.

Looking forward to years years event!!!

73, Brad
WA6MM



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Last minute Change of plans: Kit Carson Peak

Terry Carter
 

Tyler and I decided tonight that we would hike Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Point this weekend instead of Columbia and Harvard.  Of course, Challenger is not a SOTA summit, but we'll be all set up on Kit Carson in time to activate with everyone else on Sunday.  Sorry for the last minute change!

73,
Terry (KE0HNW)

Re: Get Your 14er Event Plans Together

Bob K0NR
 

Now we're talking...
There are 19 summits listed, including two W6's.
Keep them coming!

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ham14er/database/

Bob Witte / K0NR / @K0NR / www.k0nr.com

On 28-Jul-18 7:18 PM, wa6mm@... [ham14er] wrote:


Hi Bob,
I posted my plans for the 14er event next weekend. I see you did also.  I plan to be on14ers both days and work as many stations as possible -- on VHF and HF.

Looking forward to years years event!!!

73, Brad
WA6MM