We are less than 2 weeks away from our 2nd Annual W7O Campout! The campground is basically full but if you are interested in coming, there are still a few people willing to share their camping space. I am not sure of the motel and cabin availability. Let me know asap and I can send you the list of those with room. This has grown to be a pretty big event, around 60 SOTA ops will be joining us this year so get ready for a busy weekend!
I just got home, lots of unpacking to do but boy was it worth it. It was fabulous to meet so many people and see the joy, laughter, and accomplishments. Once I settle I’ll share some pics. I would not doubt we did about 300 activations. de AG7GP
Had a great time this weekend! Here is Phil (N7PMB), Kevin (front, AK7U), Alan (back, NM5S), myself, and Guy (N7UN/NS0TA) after a successful activation of W7O/CS-003 (credit to AK7U for the photo). Thanks Amy for the coordination and thanks to all for some great eyeball QSOs and lots of S2S!
It was great to meet everyone at Diamond Lake. So much fun! Such a great crew! Great vibes and cool (RF) waves.
Thursday, W7MTB and I caravanned down to Diamond Lake and hit 3 summits on the way: Crescent, Walker, and Skookum. We’d hoped to get all our QSOs on 2 meters, but there wasn’t much action and we had to set up HF to get our 4 QSOs (needed for SOTA points) on each summit. I did do some Out Houses on the Air though.
Friday, a party of us (K7WXW, ND7Y, W7MTB, and myself N7KOM) hiked Mt. Bailey. We got lots of 2m Summit to summit QSOs and plenty of chasers on 2m too. We did here a station on Pine Mountain, east of Bend. That station couldn’t hear us with my MFJ Longranger. ND7Y quickly set up his 4 element beam and we got the radio plugged in just in time to hear the station say “Clear”. Dang! We called and called, but they were gone. We packed up and did a Mt. Bailey “shift change” as the next group of activators made it to the summit.
On Saturday Adam K6ARK and myself climbed Mt. Thielsen (W7O/CS-002) and activated on 2m FM and 20m CW. We both got QSOs with Doc N5LR (~82 miles). On 20m CW I had a QSO with JG0AWE in Japan. Fun! After Thielsen we decided to attempt Hollys Ridge (W7O/CS-007) on Thielsen’s east side. It was a sufferfest of a hike. Bad rock forced us down onto a long traverse across hot sand. We got more 2m QSOs there and then set up Adam’s tiny tiny MTR2b in some sparse shade and cooled off while making contacts on 20 meters. The hike back to the car was long and hot. We stopped to filter more water in a glacial stream before rejoining the PCT. Round trip the outing was 16.8miles and 5600’ gain.
Sunday Adam and I knocked out Tipsoo in the AM and then I gave him a lift to Medford Airport. We had some amazing tacos there. I hit two drive ups (and thankfully didn’t run into WJ7WJ in the forest) on my way back to camp.
Another amazing year for our annual W7O/PNW campout. Close to 60 operators attended and you couldn’t ask for a better crowd. Thank you to those who helped me along with the organizing, especially Robin, N7HAP, who kept me on course and insisted we bring lots of chairs and they all were needed, and Etienne, K7ATN, for gathering all the summit data for the summits in the area. The YL Sunday Night activation was a hit too, with 8 ladies on the mountain! See ya all next year! 73, Amy/AG7GP
Thanks so much to Amy for organizing the Northwest Campout near Crater Lake. Enough points were gathered by N6IZ to achieve Mountain Goat status. All the SOTA folks met, and the points gathered made the travels worth it. Best to all the Chasers out there who contributed contacts to the peak baggers.