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Activation Report, W1/CB-010---what a nice surpris

I had high hopes for May 2nd…I thought I had a chance at convincing my hiking partner Dave, W2VV to help me carry along way too much weight up a hill I had already activated this year just to work a bunch of S2S contacts.

We had decided on Pine Mtn, W1/CB-010 as it was the quickest W1 summit for us to get up and activate, and we wanted W1 to be a part of the International Days and we knew to maximize our chances of S2S we needed to get up while the European stations were still on their summits.

I think we might of picked the hottest day yet in 2010 for our activation, and looking at what we had to carry I started to wonder… A chance of thunderstorms had also been forecast, but the day proved clear, hot and muggy instead. http://www.flickr.com/photos/32042031@N07/4573276599/in/pool-sota_pics

After a bit of site evaluation, we settled on operating from the same ledge we operated from last year. Setting up the Super Antennas YP-3 beam mast and tripod was not too bad, despite this being the first time I had ever used the tripod. Up went the beam 21 feet and instantly the action started on 20m SSB.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32042031@N07/4573276617/in/pool-sota_pics

Dave was my selfless human rotator as I worked through the stations…there were too many at first for me to keep accurate time in my logs, but eventually the pileup quieted down. It was amazing how at one moment all Europe was pounding in, then at the next moment there was silence.

Eventually I settled down with the antenna and felt comfortable handling it on my own, and Dave went to operating 20m CW on his K2 not too far away with an end fed wire.

All the while Dave spotted himself via his Iphone while I put my operating freq on my APRS status. http://www.flickr.com/photos/32042031@N07/4573276603/in/pool-sota_pics

Many hikers came across our activation, and a pair of gentlemen were thrilled when I worked Axel, DJ0AL in front of them. I think half of the time hikers who ask what I am doing don’t believe me when I tell them that I am bouncing radio signals off of the ionosphere to talk to people all over the world…so its always a bit of a relief when my calls get quick answers from some distant location :wink:

Eventually I heard another hiker coming down the path…I was looking forward to more amazed children or adults when I recognized the hiker…K2FR ANDREW! I had seen many of his SOTA videos with my wife and apparently he had seen my APRS beacon and decided to stop by. Andrew got on the air and made 4 contacts…including WG0AT Steve, AKA the goat man. http://www.flickr.com/photos/32042031@N07/4573276611/in/pool-sota_pics

Dave, Andrew and I dubbed the three person summit meeting the first “W1 convention”, as it could have been the biggest congregation of active W1/W2 activators ever :wink:

Andrew had to get going a little early, so he did get to work us from his mobile on the way home.

Dave was running QRP on 20m and 40m CW, and was using his low current drain K2, so while I had already gone through my battery, Dave worked a few more as I tried to work some stations on 2m FM and took down the HF beam.

At the end of the day, I believe I only worked 2 other activators, WG0AT and GW4WSB. I owe these contacts to hams in Europe who helped direct me to the other activators…thanks guys! I made 39 total contacts, a new personal activation best.

All in all it was a great day and I got to meet a fellow activator and reflect on this wonderful hobby with him while enjoying a beautiful day.

73,
Tom-N2YTF

In reply to N2YTF:

Hi Tom,

Great to hear you yesterday, thought yourself, Dave and Andrew made an excellent effort in activatating W1/CB-010.

73 Robert-G0PEB

In reply to N2YTF:
Tom,
Same thing here… worked one station after the other on 20m ,a nice small pileup and then nothing ! it went dead. The humidity was bad yesterday even up in the Adirondacks, but I think the Black fly’s were worse. I was bleeding all over from the bites. All in all I think it was a good weekend.

Andrew
K1YMI / GM1YMI

In reply to K1YMI:

Thats the spirit! I was sorry I couldnt find you on the bands from Pine mtn…

There were plenty of bugs out. I think there is something about the material or chemicals in the bags for the yp-3 and mast that bugs like because the bags were literally crawling with spiders and ants when I started wrapping up.

73,
Tom-N2YTF

In reply to N2YTF:

It was a fantastic weekend! I was so bored sitting around the house “Recuperating” from slide mountain… I decided to push that off till today… and came to visit.

was great meeting you both in person and working that beam was awesome! I mean, how often can you say you worked the Goat?.. while hes on a summit? just Epic!

Andrew -K2FR

In reply to K2FR:
Hey Andrew, Don’t get too excited and say that too loudly or Rooster and I will have butt the old goat’s big head back down to size! …Peanut

In reply to N2YTF:
Hi guys…it was “FUN” working Pine Mnt during Int SOTA Weekend! Thanks for the effort…wicked QSB on SSB but we made the trip! GREAT job…well done!

Mike VA6FUN