Just wanted to share a summary of our first annual W7O campout in Southern Oregon at Hyatt Lake Recreation area. It was a great success with about 23 operators participating in activating as well as some of their families. For the non-hams there was plenty of wildflowers, birds, peacfullness, view, and wildlife to enjoy. The location was perfect for what we were doing, central to numerous summits, weather was good and the camp hosts were very kind and supportive. If my numbers are correct, we managed to keep very busy by reaching 126 activations among 30 different summits over the course of the extended weekend!! WOW! Some just did 1 summit, some did 9-12. 146.58 was smoking all weekend, it is rare around here to hear anything on 2m simplex! Some nice milestones as few new YLs joined SOTA, a couple that just got licensed before the trip, and also MG was reached for Bill WJ7WJ. I myself did 5 summits for 24 points, 55 s2s for 289 points and reaching 3000 s2s pts, over 100 qsos, and 7 completes. Best of all we got to meet some terrific people. The whole weekend I felt was a reflection of what sets ham radio apart from some hobbies, particularly SOTA, plenty of team effort, support, positive attitude, self sufficiency, and really just a lot of kindness and camaraderie.
If you missed it this year, mark you calendar for next as I’m sure we will do it again. Too much fun not to!
Some pics, having trouble loading so may add more later…
Panorama from Table Mountain, the most popular of the weekend with view of most every summit activated. The ones in red you can’t see. I think I have them all correct but not sure you can enlarge to see