Individual Operating Stories

With the Canadian National Parks on the Air (CNOPOTA) program coming to a close at the end of the year, three WRARC club members; Fred Orsetti, VE7IO; Hugh Jones, VE7YJ; and Ralph Webb, VE7OM assisted by park volunteer Marci Louie, VE7JT activated the Canadian National Park Fort Langley on...

Mt Cheam is a long hike but also fairly easy. It therefore attracts large numbers during the weekends of summer. This year John Bell and myself (Eric) took the challenge and hiked to the summit to operate our gear for a few contacts.

A full report can be found at: ...

Keith Schlottman from Arizona joined me (Eric) for a hike up Mt Strachan. Keith operates high power in his SOTA adventure. He uses a KX2 with the 100 watt power amp. Though a bit heavy he finds it tolerable. After chasing a number of other SOTA activators, he finished his session with a contact...

My son Nick and I hiked Black Mountain in the Cypress  Park area. I previously set my longest 2m distance record here. This trip I set my record for number of contacts.

 

For a detailed report see: https://www.scenicart.ca/...

John Bell and I hiked to Crown Mountain from Grouse and activated the summit for SOTA. It was a long challenging hike for me but I managed to get there and make a number of 2m contacts. John tried out his new end-fed 20m antenna with my KX2 but was only able to get a single contact with it. He...

The toughest part of this activation was the drive to the trail head. The road was very washed out and challenging. The trail was easy to follow and we made decent time to the summit. Once on the summit I was able to make a number of 2m contacts including with fellow club member Ken (VE7HI) who...

Jim (VE7ABH) and Eric (VA7NX) hiked to the summit of Sumas Peak and operated in the Summits on the Air program. They had a fun time hiking and operating. Jim was able to snag some interesting stations on 20m. The first was a aeronatical mobile station in a plane off the coast of Florida. Then to...

I enjoyed my visit to Victoria in August and I successfully activated two more summits while there. They were both small one pointers but the fun in being in the outdoors is always refreshing. I made a record number of 2m contacts on Mount Newton, but only 2 on Mount Work as I had left part of...

Ralph and I enjoyed a challenging hike to the summit of Mount Keenan. Ralph made a number of 20m CW contacts with his KX1. I (Eric) made 5 with my 2m Yagi including a contact with another SOTA activator 195km distant on Moose Bench Summit. We were exhausted by the time we got back to the truck...

It is a tiny mountain on the east side of Stave Lake but the hike was brutal as we had to push through dense underbrush. we did finally reach the summit and there my son Nick and I were able to get a first activation of the summit. for a full report see my blog site: ...

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