W4G/HC-008 (Rocky Mountain) 04/29/2017

Summit with Sparkles Hound (AKA DX-Dawg the 5-9 K9)

This was my second SOTA activation. My wife Lynn & Daughter Izzy tagged along. This was a great hike on the spur of the moment. There are several Rocky Mountain Summits in GA. This one is very close to our Blue Ridge Cabin. The hike is on the Stanley Gap trail and joins in with the Benton Mackaye Trail, with a short trail to the summit. Just getting my trail legs at this point, so the climb got me quite winded. A typical GA hardwood Summit. The Stanley Gap Trail, formerly known as the old Rich Mountain Trail and is now part of the Aska Trail system. The summit is at 3,460′

As I mentioned, I will be posting some of the Facebook posts to move things along:

About to get real nerdy on you guys.
Yesterday I activated SOTA Summit W-4/HC-008, Rocky Mountain at 3460′ elevation. This was a steep 2.3 mile hike up, then 2.3 back down. I made 5 contacts on the 40 meter band. Got the antenna re-configured for 20 meters, heard lots of DX, but had to quickly pack up and head back down to beat a fast approaching thunderstorm. It was an awesome day. Lynn Shannon, Elizabeth, Sparkles and Annie went as well. A perfect day.
(I am an Extra Class amateur radio operator KC4WZB. SOTA is Summits On The Air. If you are interested in more info see http://SOTA.org.uk/ )

This Hike 4.6 miles

Total SOTA Miles = 6.5 Miles

Springer Mountain 01/28/2017

Windy and cold activation of Springer Mountain W4G/HC-005

I had a lot of fun this day, though it was very cold. Much of the trail had ice over the rocks. This was my first SOTA summit activation. Did I mention it was cold?

I am catching the blog up to current times, so for efficiency I will be copying some of the info from Facebook postings. Here was my Facebook post:

Had an amazing day with my Sweetheart Lynn Shannon. Hike to the top of Springer Mountain and hauled ham radios and antennas to the top. Set everything up and made close to 50 contacts in an hour. Quebec, Arizona, Vermont, Minnesota, Tennessee, Georgia, New York and many more. This was a SOTA (Summits on the air) activation. Contacts made on single side band 20 & 40 meters an 2 meter FM. Great day!
Thank you Lord for a wonderful day.


Nice Hike!

This Hike: 1.9 Miles round trip from parking area