2002 Colorado 14er Event Results

Bob Witte, K0NR <list@...>

I don't think this had ever been mailed out...

- Bob K0NR

2002 Colorado 14er Radio Event Results
Final - Sept 4, 2002

During the 2002 (12th Annual) Colorado 14er Event, 12
"official" 14er peaks were active on the ham bands.

Year Peaks Active
2002 12
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, with a decline in number of peaks activated
over the past 2 years. The weather during the event was near perfect
with no one reporting any significant problems with thunderstorms.
The fire situation in Colorado this summer seems to have reduced
overall backcountry activity, so this may be a factor.

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

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. A few stations were running APRS during the event.

Mountains Activated This Year

Summit Call (Name)
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Antero KC0INX, KC0MOM (Carol), KC0EFR (Mike)
Bierstadt KC0EXR (Dirk)
Bross KC7GF (Art), N0TZL (Dan)
Evans KB0UAA (various operators)
Handies KC0CAV (Eric), KC0CEN (Daniel)
Kit Carson N0EC (Ron)
Lincoln W0EPK (Greg)
Longs KC0GBK (Steve), N0XDW (Jeff)
Pikes K0YB (various operators)
Quandary WD0HHQ (Rob)
San Luis WE7C (Glen)
Torreys KC0JHQ (Mark)

Other stations at "notable high spots":
K1FD (Jim) on Storm Mountain
K0CAO (Chris) on James Peak

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. No new record was recorded this year,
so the record still stands.

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.

The 14er Event Task Force

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