Thanks to WA6MM’s (Brad) SMS-NA spots of me, and NU7A’s spots here, I had a perfectly lovely activation in spite of no SOTAwatch alert, and no RBN-Hole spots, as a result of no alert. I made 46 contacts on 40-30-20-17 CW, and the many chasers were aware of the situation and seemed extra sharp today! The RBN was running well, and I got the most RBN spots I ever saw, since I called CQ a lot.
DM1CM was very helpful to provide and actively manage an alternative alert page, which is still up! This was one more aid that got me going today!
The last contact was ZL1BYZ, on 18.093, and it didn’t hurt that I had 66 feet of wire running right above the top of the cliffs on the huge quartzite ridge!
W0C/FR-167 was a long, tiring snowshoe climb, mostly off-trail, through deadfall and up snowy talus, and it was no picnic on top. The weather was pretty good for January at 9400 feet elevation. Somehow I was on the air only a few minutes off my intended time, and WA6MM was there calling almost immediately! It didn’t hurt that I could see out across most of the Denver metro area, and signals to Brad were easy.
Thanks to all of you, for your firendly, helpful SOTA spirit!