A lot of changes in the last year

Wow, how time flies…  Yet again…

It’s been about a year since anything worthwhile has been added here.  But a lot has changed.  The 2 SOTA activations happened as part of a trip to TN.  Since that trip, we’ve moved to the greater Knoxville TN area, sold our house in Summerville SC, bought just over 15 acres in TN, and are working at building a house.

Over the course of the year, I’ve kept this site up-to-date with patches and it’s been migrated around a little from a private server at my home to being hosted in Azure and then finally in Google Compute.  I’ll do a whole article on the back-end as it’s a rather fun solution.

Winter is almost here and the leaves are falling.  Time to get up onto a mountain and do a SOTA activation.

Sassafras Plaque

W4C/US-001 Sassafras Mountain

SOTA activation of W4C/US-001 on June 24, 2016

Sassafras Plaque I was traveling back home and took a short break to activate Sassafras Mountain.  The drive up to the base of the summit was easy and there’s a very nice parking area.  There’s access to the Foothills Trail as well, so there’s a good amount of foot traffic across the summit.

Most of the summit has been cleared as part of a project to build an observation tower.  I found a sheltered spot on one of the small logging roads they’ve cut into the deadfall.

Station was my KX3+PX3 and the 33′ Jackite pole with the end fed half wave antenna.  All of it running from my new Bioenno LifePO4 battery.

Thanks to KW4JM, KB1RJD, KB1RJC, W0MNA, W4KRN, KI4SVM, KC3ABF, VA2MO, and VE2JCM for making contacts.

On this activation I had 2 summit to summit contacts, KW4JM on W4C/WM-027 and KI4SVM on W4C/CM-009.



W4T/SU-035 Snowbird Mountain – First SOTA Activation

I activated my first summit for Summits On The Air!

I made a stop at Snowbird Mountain, W4T/SU-035, on June 22 2016.  The approach road gets pretty steep within the last 2 miles of the summit.  I was happy to be in my jeep!  I arrived around 5:30p.  There was no gate at the top as described by some others, just a gravel area surrounding the VORTAC with a short wooden fence (maybe 3ft high) around the building.  I drove around the building and parked at as far away from everything as I could and grabbed my gear.
The AT maintainers in the area have done a great job of keeping the grass and brush cut low from the parking area down to the AT and along that open section of the AT.  It made finding a spot right at the benchmark very easy.

I was setup and operational at 6:27p local and had to start packing up at 7:09p local due to bad weather moving in.

Thanks to N1GB, K4MF, ND0C, W0MNA, W0ERI, NG6R, AK5SD, K4KSW, KX0R, N0VMI, KJ4FGI, and AC1Z for the contacts.