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Re: [w0c-sota] Time to plan for the 14er Event Weekend

Bob K0NR
 

I was leaning towards just taking the FM gear but if you are going to have SSB, we can take that along, too.

Anyone else in for 2m SSB?

Bob Witte / K0NR / bob@... / www.k0nr.com
On 12-Jul-19 11:42 AM, David Stillman wrote:

Wow, time flies!

My plan this year is to head southwest and activate some 14ers in the San Juan range. I haven't picked summits yet, but have my eye on the Redcloud group and the Wilson group. I'm taking Friday off as well, so hope to drive down Thursday and hike until my legs don't move any more :) I'll update the database when I do some more research and plans solidify, but as usual will plan on summiting 8/9am local time and staying as long as weather allows.

I'll have capabilities for 2m FM and SSB with a 3 element yagi to try to pull out weak stations, plus the usual HF SSB setup. I'll bring a tuner to see if I can get decent signal out on 60m for an intra-state HF contact per Walt's recommendation.

Looking forward to the event this year!

Dave KI6YMZ

On Thu, Jul 11, 2019, at 18:02, Bob K0NR wrote:

What? Hey? It's the middle of July already!

Just a reminder that the Colorado 14er Event is coming up on August 3rd and 4th.

For full info, see the event web site here: http://www.ham14er.org/

Some points to keep in mind:

  • We moved the ham14er yahoo group over to groups.io. It seems to be working fine. Make sure you only post items to groups.io
  • Post your 14er Event plans in the database section of groups io, under "2019 14er Event Operating Plans". This is pretty much the same thing we did on Yahoo groups but it seems to work better. Post your best guess as to what summit(s) you'll activate and if things change, go ahead and change it. Don't worry that it is a contractual commitment to activate the summit.  It just works out better if we make our plans visible and coordinate with other activators.
  • The focus of this event originated with the 14,000 foot mountains of Colorado but since then we've expanded to embrace the massive list of Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks. Lots to choose from!
  • The event lasts all weekend but many people will activate before noon on Saturday or Sunday, standard "get off the summit before noon" advice. This makes the morning hours of 9 AM to noon prime "Summit to Summit" time.
  • Watch the weather: it seems we are getting frequent afternoon thunderstorms this year, some coming in early. Also, there is a lot of snow in the high country, so check on snow conditions if you are going to be much above 12,500 feet.

I hope to work you on a summit in August!

73 Bob K0NR

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

Re: [w0c-sota] Time to plan for the 14er Event Weekend

David Stillman
 

Wow, time flies!

My plan this year is to head southwest and activate some 14ers in the San Juan range. I haven't picked summits yet, but have my eye on the Redcloud group and the Wilson group. I'm taking Friday off as well, so hope to drive down Thursday and hike until my legs don't move any more :) I'll update the database when I do some more research and plans solidify, but as usual will plan on summiting 8/9am local time and staying as long as weather allows.

I'll have capabilities for 2m FM and SSB with a 3 element yagi to try to pull out weak stations, plus the usual HF SSB setup. I'll bring a tuner to see if I can get decent signal out on 60m for an intra-state HF contact per Walt's recommendation.

Looking forward to the event this year!

Dave KI6YMZ

On Thu, Jul 11, 2019, at 18:02, Bob K0NR wrote:

What? Hey? It's the middle of July already!

Just a reminder that the Colorado 14er Event is coming up on August 3rd and 4th.

For full info, see the event web site here: http://www.ham14er.org/

Some points to keep in mind:

  • We moved the ham14er yahoo group over to groups.io. It seems to be working fine. Make sure you only post items to groups.io
  • Post your 14er Event plans in the database section of groups io, under "2019 14er Event Operating Plans". This is pretty much the same thing we did on Yahoo groups but it seems to work better. Post your best guess as to what summit(s) you'll activate and if things change, go ahead and change it. Don't worry that it is a contractual commitment to activate the summit.  It just works out better if we make our plans visible and coordinate with other activators.
  • The focus of this event originated with the 14,000 foot mountains of Colorado but since then we've expanded to embrace the massive list of Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks. Lots to choose from!
  • The event lasts all weekend but many people will activate before noon on Saturday or Sunday, standard "get off the summit before noon" advice. This makes the morning hours of 9 AM to noon prime "Summit to Summit" time.
  • Watch the weather: it seems we are getting frequent afternoon thunderstorms this year, some coming in early. Also, there is a lot of snow in the high country, so check on snow conditions if you are going to be much above 12,500 feet.

I hope to work you on a summit in August!

73 Bob K0NR

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

Re: Time to plan for the 14er Event Weekend

Bob K0NR
 

Akron, CO?
I guess that makes you rare DX on 2 meters. :-)

Bob Witte / K0NR / bob@... / www.k0nr.com
On 11-Jul-19 10:08 PM, Dan Hupp wrote:

Looks like my goal for this years 14ers is to finally get my V/UHF beams back up and see if I can talk to any of you folks on the mountains from out here on the Eastern plains, don't think that's going to be quite as easy from Akron as it used to be from Commerce City :-)

73, Dan N0TZL

Colorado 14er Event - August 3 & 4

Bob K0NR
 

please forward this to your local club, ham friends, etc.

73 Bob K0NR
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Colorado 14er Event
August 3 & 4, 2019
Saturday and Sunday
www.ham14er.org

Amateur Radio operators from around Colorado will be climbing many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains and Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks to set up amateur radio stations in an effort to communicate with other radio amateurs across the state and around the world. Join in on the fun during the 28th annual event and see how many of the mountaintop stations you can contact. The covers the entire weekend but many mountaintop activators will hit the trail early with the goal of being off the summits by noon due to lightning safety concerns.

The event includes all Summits On the Air (SOTA) summits, which adds over 1700 potential summits! If you aren’t up to climbing a 14er, there are many other summits to choose from with a wide range of difficulty. See the Colorado SOTA web page at w0c-sota.org

Radio operators who plan to activate a summit should post their intent on the ham14er group via the ham14er groups.io website. Also, be sure to check out the event information at http://www.ham14er.org

Frequencies used during the event
Activity can occur on any amateur band including HF and VHF. The 2m fm band plan uses a “primary frequency and move up” approach. The 2m fm primary frequency is 147.42 MHz. At the beginning of the event, operators should try calling on 147.42 MHz. As activity increases on that frequency, move on up the band using the 30 kHz steps. Don’t just hang out on 147.42 MHz…move up! The next standard simplex frequency up from 147.42 MHz is 147.45 MHz, followed by 147.48 and 147.51 MHz.

For a complete list of suggested HF, VHF and UHF frequencies see this web page.

Warning: Climbing mountains is inherently a dangerous activity.
Do not attempt this without proper training, equipment and preparation.

There is a lot more information available here: www.ham14er.org

Sponsored by The Colorado 14er Event Task Force


      

Friday, July 12 - Mt. Bierstadt Activation

Mark Allsop
 

I'm shooting for a 10 am MT activation of Mt. Bierstadt. I'll start on 146.52 but switch over to 146.42 depending on activity. Listen for KT0AM if you've got time.

Cheers!

Re: Time to plan for the 14er Event Weekend

Dan Hupp
 

Looks like my goal for this years 14ers is to finally get my V/UHF beams back up and see if I can talk to any of you folks on the mountains from out here on the Eastern plains, don't think that's going to be quite as easy from Akron as it used to be from Commerce City :-)

73, Dan N0TZL

Re: Time to plan for the 14er Event Weekend

Bob K0NR
 

That's a good point. The weather has been challenging at times.
If you only want to do one summit, plan on Saturday and still have Sunday as a backup.

Joyce and I will be activating both days...probably Friday, too.

73 Bob K0NR

Bob Witte / K0NR / bob@... / www.k0nr.com
On 11-Jul-19 6:45 PM, Brad - WA6MM wrote:

Wow...time goes by fast these days!  I'm planning on doing two 14ers for this years event.  I hope we have good weather for both days but who knows!!

73, Brad
WA6MM
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Re: Time to plan for the 14er Event Weekend

Brad - WA6MM
 

Wow...time goes by fast these days!  I'm planning on doing two 14ers for this years event.  I hope we have good weather for both days but who knows!!

73, Brad
WA6MM

Proper SOTA Attire: Peanut-approved GoatWear

Bob K0NR
 

Oh, I wanted to mention the availability of SOTA attire with Colorado 14er Event and other old goat logos.

All of the best-dressed activators are wearing these.

Take a look at https://www.cafepress.com/mtngoatwear

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

Time to plan for the 14er Event Weekend

Bob K0NR
 

What? Hey? It's the middle of July already!

Just a reminder that the Colorado 14er Event is coming up on August 3rd and 4th.

For full info, see the event web site here: http://www.ham14er.org/

Some points to keep in mind:

  • We moved the ham14er yahoo group over to groups.io. It seems to be working fine. Make sure you only post items to groups.io
  • Post your 14er Event plans in the database section of groups io, under "2019 14er Event Operating Plans". This is pretty much the same thing we did on Yahoo groups but it seems to work better. Post your best guess as to what summit(s) you'll activate and if things change, go ahead and change it. Don't worry that it is a contractual commitment to activate the summit.  It just works out better if we make our plans visible and coordinate with other activators.
  • The focus of this event originated with the 14,000 foot mountains of Colorado but since then we've expanded to embrace the massive list of Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks. Lots to choose from!
  • The event lasts all weekend but many people will activate before noon on Saturday or Sunday, standard "get off the summit before noon" advice. This makes the morning hours of 9 AM to noon prime "Summit to Summit" time.
  • Watch the weather: it seems we are getting frequent afternoon thunderstorms this year, some coming in early. Also, there is a lot of snow in the high country, so check on snow conditions if you are going to be much above 12,500 feet.

I hope to work you on a summit in August!

73 Bob K0NR

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

Re: 2019 Ham14er Activation Plans

Bob K0NR
 

Brian,

Good point. I added the date to the database file.

Or you can always look here: http://www.ham14er.org/

First full weekend in August, so it's Aug 3 & 4 this year.

73 Bob

Bob Witte / K0NR / bob@... / www.k0nr.com
On 18-May-19 3:01 PM, brian boschma wrote:

Hello Bob,

Great work.  Likely I am missing this but I don't see a date either in this email or in the database section of the Groupio description.  Could you let me know the date of the event ?

Regards,

Brian N6IZ



BobW wrote:

I created a table in the database section of the ham14er groups.io group for indicating your operating plans.
Yes, summer is almost here! (Thanks for the reminder, Terry.)

The idea is to share your plans with other people so we can coordinate our efforts. It would be best to spread out and not have multiple parties on the same summit. But if we do, it is important to coordinate to maximize the fun and minimize the frustration. The main issue is that two stations on the same amateur band on the same summit will definitely interfere with each other.

The database function in groups.io seems to be more capable than the old yahoo groups, so I took advantage of some of the features. We will see how well it works. Any problems, let me know.

You may also want to post an alert on the sotawatch.org web page.

73 Bob K0NR

Bob Witte / K0NR / bob@... / www.k0nr.com
On 17-May-19 11:55 AM, Terry Carter wrote:
Hey Bob!  Will you be putting up an activation plans database on the new ham14ers groups.io site? 

73,
Terry (KE0HNW)

-- 
Pelagic Autopilot LLC

Re: 2019 Ham14er Activation Plans

Brian
 

Hello Bob,

Great work.  Likely I am missing this but I don't see a date either in this email or in the database section of the Groupio description.  Could you let me know the date of the event ?

Regards,

Brian N6IZ



BobW wrote:

I created a table in the database section of the ham14er groups.io group for indicating your operating plans.
Yes, summer is almost here! (Thanks for the reminder, Terry.)

The idea is to share your plans with other people so we can coordinate our efforts. It would be best to spread out and not have multiple parties on the same summit. But if we do, it is important to coordinate to maximize the fun and minimize the frustration. The main issue is that two stations on the same amateur band on the same summit will definitely interfere with each other.

The database function in groups.io seems to be more capable than the old yahoo groups, so I took advantage of some of the features. We will see how well it works. Any problems, let me know.

You may also want to post an alert on the sotawatch.org web page.

73 Bob K0NR

Bob Witte / K0NR / bob@... / www.k0nr.com
On 17-May-19 11:55 AM, Terry Carter wrote:
Hey Bob!  Will you be putting up an activation plans database on the new ham14ers groups.io site? 

73,
Terry (KE0HNW)

-- 
Pelagic Autopilot LLC

2019 Ham14er Activation Plans

Bob K0NR
 

I created a table in the database section of the ham14er groups.io group for indicating your operating plans.
Yes, summer is almost here! (Thanks for the reminder, Terry.)

The idea is to share your plans with other people so we can coordinate our efforts. It would be best to spread out and not have multiple parties on the same summit. But if we do, it is important to coordinate to maximize the fun and minimize the frustration. The main issue is that two stations on the same amateur band on the same summit will definitely interfere with each other.

The database function in groups.io seems to be more capable than the old yahoo groups, so I took advantage of some of the features. We will see how well it works. Any problems, let me know.

You may also want to post an alert on the sotawatch.org web page.

73 Bob K0NR

Bob Witte / K0NR / bob@... / www.k0nr.com
On 17-May-19 11:55 AM, Terry Carter wrote:

Hey Bob!  Will you be putting up an activation plans database on the new ham14ers groups.io site? 

73,
Terry (KE0HNW)

Re: Move to Groups.io Complete

Scott Bastian
 

Bob thanks for the move, most of the forums I follow have made this same migrations. And from what I have seen all are have been seamless like this one!

73 Scott AK6Q

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

Move to Groups.io Complete

Bob K0NR
 

The ham14er Yahoo group has been successfully moved to groups.io
I think we will like the experience better on groups.io, but if you encounter any issues let me know and we will work them out.

The main thing you need to do is remove ham14er@... from your address book and use this address to send to the new group: ham14er@groups.io   (This email address also works: main@ham14er.groups.io )

Access the group on the web here -- https://ham14er.groups.io/g/main

Groups.io supports the notion of a "subgroup", so I have created a subgroup that is private to the Colorado 14er Task Force. Members of that group are: Bob/K0NR, Dan/N0TZL, Steve/WG0AT, Glen/WE7C and Brad/WA6MM.

Please note that this ham14er group does overlap a bit with the Colorado SOTA group: https://groups.io/g/w0c-sota
It seems that the w0c-sota group is frequented by active SOTA activators in Colorado (49 members), with regular discussions of SOTA activations, snow conditions, summit access challenges, etc. The ham14er group is focused more on the Colorado 14er Event in August and has attracted a larger audience (267 members) but with most of the messages concentrated in the summer months. We will see some double posting at times and that is just fine.

Reminder: the Colorado 14er Event is always Saturday and Sunday of the first full weekend in August. That's August 3 and 4 in 2019.

73,
Bob K0NR
President, Colorado 14er Event Task Force

Test message to ham14er@groups.io

Bob K0NR
 

test message on groups.io

Bob K0NR

Re: Moving to Groups.io

Bob K0NR
 

Thanks, Brad.
It will probably take a few days to get this completed.

BobW
Sent from mobile device

On Mar 30, 2019, at 13:17, Brad Bylund wa6mm@... [ham14er] <ham14er@...> wrote:

Great to hear Bob as I'm pretty much done with Yahoo anyways! Thanks for making this change OM.

73, Brad
WA6MM

On March 30, 2019 at 12:53 PM "'Bob Witte (K0NR)' bob@... [ham14er]" <ham14er@...> wrote:

 

Ham14er Group (Colorado 14er Event):

Yahoo groups continues to degrade so many ham radio groups are moving
over to groups.io

I'll be moving the ham14er group to groups.io. This should just
automagically happen for you.
The only thing you need to do is start sending ham14er messages to the
groups.io email address.
You will probably see a few messages from groups.io as the changes happen.

The files and photos on Yahoo should be transferred over to groups.io
I will leave the Yahoo group in place for a while as a backup.

This is a quiet time of the year for us so it should be a good time to
make the change.

Any questions, let me know.

73 Bob

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


 

 

Re: Moving to Groups.io

Brad - WA6MM
 

Great to hear Bob as I'm pretty much done with Yahoo anyways! Thanks for making this change OM.

73, Brad
WA6MM

On March 30, 2019 at 12:53 PM "'Bob Witte (K0NR)' bob@... [ham14er]" <ham14er@...> wrote:

 

Ham14er Group (Colorado 14er Event):

Yahoo groups continues to degrade so many ham radio groups are moving
over to groups.io

I'll be moving the ham14er group to groups.io. This should just
automagically happen for you.
The only thing you need to do is start sending ham14er messages to the
groups.io email address.
You will probably see a few messages from groups.io as the changes happen.

The files and photos on Yahoo should be transferred over to groups.io
I will leave the Yahoo group in place for a while as a backup.

This is a quiet time of the year for us so it should be a good time to
make the change.

Any questions, let me know.

73 Bob

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


 

 

Moving to Groups.io

Bob K0NR
 

Ham14er Group (Colorado 14er Event):

Yahoo groups continues to degrade so many ham radio groups are moving over to groups.io

I'll be moving the ham14er group to groups.io. This should just automagically happen for you.
The only thing you need to do is start sending ham14er messages to the groups.io email address.
You will probably see a few messages from groups.io as the changes happen.

The files and photos on Yahoo should be transferred over to groups.io
I will leave the Yahoo group in place for a while as a backup.

This is a quiet time of the year for us so it should be a good time to make the change.

Any questions, let me know.

73 Bob

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

W0C SOTA Dinner Invitation - Mar 24th 6 PM Centennial, CO - RSVP required

Bob K0NR
 

Ham14er group,

This is going out to the Colorado 14er Event list. You are all invited to attend the informal Summits On The Air (SOTA) dinner in March.
This is an informal event that we've done the past two years. It is a great chance to meet people that you've been talking to on the air.

Also note that we have established a Colorado (W0C) SOTA group on "groups.io" for local SOTA discussions.
https://groups.io/g/w0c-sota

73 Bob K0NR

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: [w0c-sota] W0C SOTA Dinner Invitation - Mar 24th 6 PM Centennial, CO - RSVP required
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 14:48:24 -0700
From: Bob K0NR <@K0NR>
Reply-To: w0c-sota@groups.io
To: w0c-sota@groups.io


Announcing the 2019 W0C (Colorado) Summits On The Air Dinner

*Sunday March 24, 2019^at 6 pm***
**

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery <https://rockbottom.com/locations/south-denver/?utm_source=local&utm_medium=listings&utm_campaign=imm>

9627 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80112 <https://www.bing.com/local?lid=YN873x16825757509627439841&id=YN873x16825757509627439841&q=Rock+Bottom+Restaurant+%26+Brewery&name=Rock+Bottom+Restaurant+%26+Brewery&cp=39.5677947998047%7e-104.873931884766&ppois=39.5677947998047_-104.873931884766_Rock+Bottom+Restaurant+%26+Brewery> ·
(303) 792-9090

See menu here: https://rockbottom.com/locations/centennial/

We will order off the regular menu and receive individual bills, plan on an 18% gratuity built-in due to the large group size.

We have a large private room ("Buffalo Lounge") reserved that will easily handle our group with room to spare. This should be a really sweet venue for us, a nice upgrade over previous dinners. I need to provide a reasonably accurate headcount 4 days in advance of the event, so I will be tracking RSVPs carefully, so please help me out on that.

Dinner details:

   We will go around the room and do introductions of everyone.
   Other than that, no agenda, no organization, just have fun, pay for your meal
   Please wear something with your name/callsign (name tag, shirt, cap, etc.) to aid in making connections
       (we've found that to be very helpful in past years)
   Feel free to bring small show-and-tell items (but keep it compact and lightweight...this is SOTA!)

_Please forward this_ to anyone you know that might be interested.
Everyone is welcome, including out-of-town visitors.
_RSVP back to Bob K0NR_: @K0NR so we have an accurate count for the reservation.

I'll be sending guest list updates to the w0c-sota group here:
https://groups.io/g/w0c-sota

73 Bob K0NR

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