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Pork SOTA redux Sept 2


#1

(hi to all you other Primus fans. Sorry to everyone else – couldn’t resist)

We’re traveling north this week to beat the heat, heading for the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park way up on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Three hills in the Porkies are SOTA refs, and we’re going to try to hit them all on Saturday along with a full run of the (magnificent) Escarpment Trail. This is a plea for chasers especially on the first summit which will be early. Details are below and I will edit this post going forward to reflect any plan changes.

I will be testing APRS spotting for the first time. There is no cell service in the park, so I’ll be relying on APRS and RBNHole for spots. I have an all day alert posted with wildcard ref.

APRS: http://aprs.fi/n0map (no idea what kind of coverage there is in the low areas)

Route is here: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/483b495e-8286-4840-aabf-04cadac689f5/

Summits, Freq/Alt Freq, ETA QRV

  1. Peak 1496 W8M/UP-031 5332khz/7062khz 1145z (1.7mi)
  2. Summit Peak W8M/UP-002 14062hkz/10127khz 1545z (11.6 mi)
  3. Cuyahoga Peak W8M/UP-016 10127khz/7062khz 2100z (24.7 mi)

*If the first 60m channel is busy I’ll check each of the others before QSY to 40m: 5348, 5358.5, 5373, 5405

QRV times are estimates and may range greatly depending on wx and other cdx. Freqs and alternates are posted. I’ll start with the initial one and QSY up if the freq is busy. If I get no responses after 10min I’ll assume I’m not getting out and QSY to the alternate freq.

I’ll have time for one band per summit and I’ve tried to select them to favor likely propagation. I’ve alloted 30 min per ref for radio, so ~25 min on the air. Cuyahoga is very close to the end of the loop, and if I’m not too whooped I’ll work additional bands.

I’ll be running 10w on my KX2 into a 40’ wire via a 9:1 matchbox. I debated using the ATS, but decided against it for 5 more watts and 60m in the morning.


#2

I hope you wont need to sleep for seven days after this and give us all an awful fright. :wink:


#4

:rofl:


#5

Hello Joe,
You might give somw thought to handing out contacts for the CQ WW VHF Contest that weekend. https://www.cqww-vhf.com/rules.htm.
Even 146.58-fm might catch you some contacts (146.52 is not allowed). Check your gridsquare for the exchange as you might be in a rare one!
Etienne-K7ATN


#6

Great idea. I was planning on calling cq on 146.52 anyway, so easy enough to try on 146.58 too. I imagine the grids there are pretty rare. That said, I’m not sure how much activity there will be up there - it’s a pretty remote area.


#7

We’re canceling the trip as it’s become obvious that we’d be spending the whole day in cold rain. If it was closer to home we’d tough it out it but it’s a long way to travel for certain rain.

Thanks for all those who offered to listen!


#8

It appears there is a time limit on post edits, so posting updated deets here:

Looks like the wx in the UP will be perfect for some running and radio this weekend. Allison and I will set out Sunday at 1100z for a ~25mi loop of the Porcupine Mountains State Park, hopefully bagging all three summits therein. There is no cell service for spotting so I’ll be depending on RBNhole and APRS.

Route is here: https://caltopo.com/m/BSCQ

Summits, Freq/Alt Freq, ETA QRV

  1. Summit Peak W8M/UP-002 7062 hkz / 10127 khz 1330z
  2. Peak 1496 W8M/UP-031 14062 khz / 10127 khz 1700z
  3. Cuyahoga Peak W8M/UP-016 10127 khz / 7062 khz 1830z

QRV times are estimates and depend upon how the legs are feeling . Freqs and alternates are posted. I’ll start with the initial one and QSY up if the freq is busy. If I get no responses after 10min I’ll assume I’m not getting out and QSY to the alternate freq.

I’ll have time for one band per summit and I’ve tried to select them to favor likely propagation. I’ve allotted 30 min per ref for radio, so ~25 min on the air. Cuyahoga is very close to the end of the loop, and I’ll probably work additional bands there.

I’ll be running 5-10w on my KX2 into a 40’ wire via a 9:1 matchbox.

As always: thank you Chasers!


#9

Joe,

I have done all three of those summits up in the UP of MI so you should have a good trip. If you only have time to do one, I would suggest Cuyahoga (UP-016) since that has the best hike and views along the Escarpment Trail. Another nearby SOTA en route is the Bergland Lookout (UP-007) which is one of my favorites. Afterwards, I always drive to a small park at the north end of Lake Gogebic for a cold 807 and review my log. If the WX looks iffy but you still want to go up, you can consider Pine Mtn (UP-027) further east at Iron Mountain. It is a drive-up but in a nice park with picnic tables and a large wood roof covering so you can stay dry in the rain with your wire antenna running out into the trees. An hour drive south in WI is Sugarbush Hill (W9/WI-002) another drive-up which can easily be done in the same day as Pine Mtn.

In October I will be back at my cottage in Eagle River so plan to activate Mt Arvon (W8M/UP-001) which is the highest point in the state. I read your reply to my Alaska SOTA post so that would be something if I could work you from your birthplace in Alaska! I was able to contact the NCS in Fairbanks this morning on the 20 meter Alaska Net so propagation is still there. 73 de Scott WA9STI


#10

Looks like a fun hike. Maybe we’ll be able to get a s2s.


#11

Back at work after a really fantastic day in the woods. The Porkies are just so damned beautiful. We ended up covering ~28mi in 10hrs with ~4k of gain and one massive thunderstorm (yes it rains on every one of our outings). I activated all three planned mnts. Thanks to all you who chased!

Pix, video, and a report are in the works.

Here we are at the start (you can see two of the three refs in the background)