(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)
Summits, Freq/Alt Freq, ETA QRV
- Peak 1496 W8M/UP-031 5332khz/7062khz 1145z (1.7mi)
- Summit Peak W8M/UP-002 14062hkz/10127khz 1545z (11.6 mi)
- 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.