Gary/N5ANF and I scrambled up Mt Herman (9054’) on Black Friday for some QRP fun. Gary was operating his FT817 pedestrian mobile using his rather novel helically wound windom on a 9’ whip mounted on his pack frame with MFJ tunner which worked great! I was operating mtn-top portable with my IC703 and Buddipole vertical. Conditions were ok but we were still plagued with that deep QSB of late. We tried to operate on separate bands 20/17/15 but found desensing to be an issue as we were only 20yards from one another! So we took turns running the 17m SSB-HFpack. All in all us goats had a great time!
I’ve noticed that you like to use you radio on the tops of some hills. I wonder if you are interested in setting up a SOTA association for W0.
This means you can activate these hills for SOTA with your goats.
You do need a list of summits (of course) and that need not be comprehensive. The bulk of the rest of the “paperwork” is a proforma. Some associations have been launched in just a few weeks. Suggest you contact the SOTA MT to find out!
Generations of goat-lovers will be indebted to you, Peanut and Rooster.
If you do just CO, all your work is already done ! Check this site out
This has the complete list of peaks in Colorado right down to P300’, you only need to go down to P500’.
There’s 4345 peaks with P300’. The person who runs the ‘list of John’ website is very receptive to getting requests for excel files from US SOTA associations. Tom, N2YTF and myself have requested information from him.
ND,SD & NE are also listed down to P500’ here … Dakotas Prominence to P500 - peaklist.org
It’s not all or nothing … I launched W2 with a partial list of NY, then Tom N2YTF added NJ. Now I’m working on adding the rest of NY (When time permits).
The management Team are a great resource to getting an association up and running quickly.
In reply to VA2SG: OK OK …we will enlist Peanut! He’s the smart goat! He can figure out this SOTA stuff. (Yeah Peanut!) Meanwhile Rooster and I will go for a hike work the 10m ARRL contest and leave Peanut crunching on the keyboard. =D