[caption id="attachment_1270" align="alignleft" width="244"] Hey look, a flag![/caption]
- When: 2017-12-24 from 1543Z to 1625Z
- Where: Snowy Mountain - W3/PD-007
- Who:Just me
- Ascent: 148' over 0.64mi**
- Equipment:Elecraft KX3, SOTABEAM MIDI antenna
- APRS Coverage: Excellent
- T-Mobile Coverage:Good. Had 4G (no LTE) coverage at the summit.
Oh what a difference a day makes! The family and I hiked up to the fire
tower at the summit of Snowy Mountain. It was around 10 to 12 degrees
but it wasn't raining and the sun was actually shining!
The walk up from our parking area wasn't too bad. The dirt road has been
maintained well so it was more of a leisurely walk up. I setup near the
fire tower to stay away from the nearby power lines and other RF noise
generators at the radio tower site that also inhabits the summit.
I chose the west-facing side and strung my antenna up in among some pine
saplings. I was surprised to find a 4G cellular signal (T-Mobile) out
here and took advantage of it to check for other summits that were also
on the air at the time. I did see N3ICE up on W3/PH-004, of which I
thought would have been an easy S2S contact, but could not hear her on
40m. My usual 60m channel was in use so I started on 40m and sent out my
From yesterday, I had the same problem of a wet, cold ground to sit on.
Because I'm still trying to figure out how to pack all my gear I still
am carrying my KX3 with much of what it was packed in when it was
shipped to me: lots of plastic, foam USPS envelopes. I ended up sitting
on one of these and it worked great! My butt was warm and dry the
entire time! My friend Zach has suggested a, perhaps, more suitable
solution: a Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat
I still need to figure out why the MIDI antenna will sometimes tune up
on a band and other times not.
I also need to figure out an antenna to better support the lower bands
(80m and 160m).
All in all, this is a great summit to activate. It requires some hiking
(I would have preferred a bit more), the views are nice on a clear day,
and the RF noise isn't so bad here. I hope to come back to this summit
and do it again some day!