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Re: SOTA Plans - It WORKED!

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  • Mads
    Just in case someone in here doesn t already know: Stewart G0LGS has set up an excellent APRS2SOTA gateway to send your own spots to sotawatch.org via aprs.
    Message 1 of 11 , May 29 10:08 PM
      Just in case someone in here doesn't already know: Stewart G0LGS has set up an excellent APRS2SOTA gateway to send your own spots to sotawatch.org via aprs.

      http://www.sotaspots.co.uk/home.php

      73! Mads, la1tpa

      --- In aprsisce@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Daniels" <steve@...> wrote:
      >
      > I did tell you it was a good little radio, when you were thinking of getting
      > it
      >
      > Mine sits as my base station a lot of the time
      >
      > You can of course power it from an external battery and there are designs
      > around for external battery plus flexible solar array for
      > backpacking/camping
      >
      >
      >
      > Steve Daniels
      >
      > G6UIM
      >
      > Torbay Freecycle Moderator
      >
      > _____
      >
      > From: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com [mailto:aprsisce@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      > Of Lynn W Deffenbaugh (Mr)
      > Sent: 29 May 2012 13:23
      > To: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [aprsisce] SOTA Plans - It WORKED!
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > I am definitely sold on the FT-817 as a portable HF operating station. We
      > worked stations from Oregon, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona all to the West and
      > New York, Maine, and New Hampshire to the North East. And our first SOTA
      > contact ever was into Ontario Canada, all with a single antenna placement.
      >
      > Signal reports from all were excellent, so the from-the-book BuddiPole
      > configuration (plus the location, of course, 6,600+ feet helps) must have
      > been working well.
      >
      > If any of you are outdoors-minded, I can totally recommend the experience of
      > getting up on the peaks and making some contacts. We posted our planned
      > activation on http://www.sotawatch.org/ and I believe that certainly
      > contributed to the contact count.
      >
      > Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
      >
      > On 5/29/2012 4:18 AM, Krzysztof SQ5NWI wrote:
      >
      > Lynn,
      >
      >
      >
      > congratulations to you, Paul and Marta!
      >
      > You are the next guy who woke up my interest of FT-817.
      >
      > I considered similar hike with radio to work from those high peaks which are
      > so beautiful and good for radio operation.
      >
      > Very nice - thank you for this story and... waiting for next ones :-).
      >
      > --
      >
      > Regards,
      >
      >
      >
      > Krzysztof
      >
      > SQ5NWI
      >
      >
      >
      > From: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com [mailto:aprsisce@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      > Of Lynn W Deffenbaugh (Mr)
      > Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:35 AM
      > To: aprsisce@yahoogroups.com; summits@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [aprsisce] SOTA Plans - It WORKED!
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > (cc: SOTA Yahoo group, I hope that's ok?)
      >
      > Ok, now that I'm back from Clingman's Dome (W4C/WM-001) with sore hips but
      > seriously raised spirits, here's the report on the SOTA activation.
      >
      > We (myself and my son, KJ4DXK) departed an hour later than I had planned. I
      > sent a quick "we're going in" to ALL via APRS on the van's D700 (KJ4ERJ-11)
      > and got back several answers that turned into quick QSOs. I dropped my
      > KJ4ERJ-12 tracking phone on the parking lot but it only damaged the attached
      > power cable. Didn't matter much, we didn't have cellular coverage for most
      > of the trail anyway.
      >
      > So, we entered the Appalachian Trail about 3:30pm local time 6.2 miles away
      > from Clingman's Dome with all of the required radio gear: an FT-817, 2 spare
      > sets of AA Alkaline cells, Antenna Tuner, and BuddiPole antenna system. Oh,
      > and plenty of hydration and snacks for the hike.
      >
      > At 0.9 miles to go (as the crow flies, Destination setting in APRSISCE/32),
      > I reached my comfort limit. But I was determined to make it the whole way,
      > not to mention that there was no other way to do it. And it seemed like it
      > was all uphill from there (which makes sense since we were headed to the
      > highest local peak).
      >
      > My wife, KJ4OVQ, having gone to do other things while we hiked, had parked
      > the van below Clingman's Dome and hiked up from there to meet us for sunset.
      > The most amazing thing is that she was only about 180 degrees in front of us
      > as we started the climb up the tower! Unbelievable timing. I shouted her
      > callsign across the open space rather than digging out the radio to call her
      > on 146.520 as we had previously arranged. Of course, it helped that we were
      > about 30 minutes later than I wanted to be.
      >
      > We assembled the BuddiPole into a 20m dipole, quick-checked with the tuner
      > and found 2.5:1 SWR before raising it the whole way so we were good to go.
      > My first EVER SOTA contact was VE2JCW at 7:39pm local time, yep about 4
      > hours on the hike and 10 minutes setup time. Jean told us that he'd log the
      > SOTA spot and the calls started coming in.
      >
      > We logged 12 QSOs in the first 20 minutes (up to 00:00 zulu) and 13 more in
      > the next 30 minutes (with some duplicates as it was a "new day"). We
      > swapped AAs in the 817 about 1/2 way through the second hour as our signal
      > reports fell suddenly (thank you W5QC for working with us to get your signal
      > report out).
      >
      > All in all, completely AWESOME! Thank you to all that were apparently just
      > waiting for us to get on the air.
      >
      > For those that knew were going to be there (especially G6UIM), but couldn't
      > get through to our station, we thank you also. The APRS messages let us
      > know you were still listening, but our dipole's take-off angle was
      > apparently too steep to make the hop over the pond.
      >
      > Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
      >
      > PS. And seriously big "Thank You!" to Jan K4QD for selling me the FT-817
      > and Doug KK4DOE for the loan of the BuddiPole. They make an awesome
      > combination for something like SOTA! And a public "Thank You" to my son
      > Paul KJ4DXK, for helping sherpa up the BuddiPole and doing the hike and
      > activation with me!
      >
      > PPS. For a small view of the final approach to the summit along the trail
      > and subsequent walk down to the parking lot as tracked by APRS-IS (we did
      > have cell coverage there), see http://tinyurl.com/cnzdfy4
      >
      >
      > On 5/28/2012 12:05 PM, Lynn W Deffenbaugh (Mr) wrote:
      >
      > Greetings,
      >
      > As many of you are aware, I'm out of town on vacation (just track
      > KJ4ERJ-12). And while we're out here, I was hoping to do a SOTA
      > (http://www.sota.org.uk/) activation (my first), so here it comes....
      >
      > http://www.sotawatch.org/summits.php?summit=W4C/WM-001
      >
      >
      > KJ4ERJ on <http://www.sotawatch.org/summits.php?summit=W4C/WM-001>
      > W4C/WM-001
      >
      > 14.338-ssb
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Approx Time Hiking in from 441 for pre-Sunset SOTA QRT 0030 (Posted by
      > KJ4ERJ)
      >
      > 23:00
      > Just think about this flatlander hiking 5 miles from US 441 to the peak
      > packing my FT-817 and BuddiPole. If I'm going to do something like this,
      > I'm going to try to do it in the true spirit. My son, KJ4DXK, and I will be
      > doing the hike while my wife, KJ4OVQ, takes the road in and does the short
      > hike to the summit to enjoy sunset together. Of course, after sunset, we're
      > taking the short walk directly down to the parking lot to the van.
      >
      > So, anyone out there that wants to give a listen for us, we'd appreciate it.
      > With only 2.5 battery-powered watts, it's going to be an interesting
      > experience.
      >
      > Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
      >
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