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Activation of W4V/LX-018

I went and scored a 1st time activation on W4V/LX-018 . I was on the air for almost 2 hours and got 32 QSOs with 6 S2S mostly HF and 3 of the QSOs were on 2M FM. I used my Lab599 TX500 with an EFHW that VE6VID made for me. For 2M I used my FT60R and Arrow II.

It took almost an hour and half of roughly 1.2 mile and 1000’ of gain. I used my hiking Exercise function on my Apple Watch, I have the GPX data and want to upload it to SOTA maps but it seems it’s not that simple. I can view the track in Google earth but it won’t load anywhere else. Has anyone else used the Apple Watch and successfully put the data on SOTA maps?

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Another option: you could always process your SOTA CSV file (exported from SOTA database) using the ADIF Processor and load the resulting KML into Google Earth - you can then view the QSOs and your track simultaneously.

Cheers, Mark

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Oh no I’m confused … I meant I’m trying to use the gpx file so that other people can see the hiking data upto the summit.

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Not sure about SOTA mapping, I suspect you can do it, or maybe https://sotl.as is worth a look?

If you want that GPX data to be associated with the summit in the SOTA summits info then I understand that would be your best route.

Regards, Mark.

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Send the GPX file to admin@sotamaps.org and I’ll try find some time to take a look at it.

Will send that over in a few minutes

I had time today to get the video together it’s about half hike and half radio.

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Congrats on the first activation, Beau! Brushy Mtn has been on my to do list for many years, but it is far outside of my normal area of operation and I don’t get up that way often. I think that we will find an uptick in the activation count now that you broken the ice. If I was a gambling man, I would be willing to bet that a number of people that you logged will be on Brushy Mtn during the W4 Spring Campout and you will have plenty of chances for a complete. :rofl: Thanks for the video!

What is most important to me (selfishly) is that I was able to chase you and that puts this summit into the ‘Future Complete’ column for me. That is a win-win in my book and much better than being the first activator and having to wait years on a chance for a complete! :joy: I drove 2.5 hrs roundtrip twice in one day last week attempting to chase summits for completes in between work meetings!!! I was only successful with one, but it was 7 years in the making so I was quite happy. I didn’t leave it to chance on that one and made sure I had LOS on Wolf Knob…

73, pat - ki4svm

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Pat thank you so much.

As for this, I hope so. I’m still trying to figure out some stuff and maybe just maybe get over to meet y’all for this event.

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Martha and I both watched your video and enjoyed seeing the summit hike on a big screen TV. Almost like hiking the trail yourself without the exertion…hi, hi. It’s always fun and interesting to hear my call on the other end of a contact. It lets me know what my signal sounds like.

I’d love to hike that summit but I’m not able to handle a steep trail like that these days so I’ll stick to the easier trails and such. Thanks for the video and contacts. Looking forward to the next summit I catch you on. Hope you made it back in time for the wedding.
Gary A. - W0MNA

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Yes I did make it back with enough time to process my log, take a shower, and goto the wedding. Then you know day dream of the other summits I should have gone to instead of sitting there from 1600-2000 .

The short answer is the file is too big - there’s a hardcoded 1MB limit on SMP. I have however just updated that to 2MB as I don’t know what the rationale behind 1MB was, and I’m in the mood to test things out on a production environment. I was able to get past the point of failure now it’s been updated, but I’ll let you do the actual submission.

Cheers,
Andrew

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Awesome, I will upload it next time I’m on the computer