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W0RW/pm on Pikes Peak, 1600z, 18 Aug. 17, 14342.5 kHz

 

w0rw/pm on the "Purple Mountain's (PM) Majesty".
Date:  18 August 2017 , Friday.
Type of Operation:  Pedestrian Mobile,  
Call Sign: w0rw/pm. 
Operator: Paul.  
  1600z  on 14342.5,  14280,  14285 kHz,   SSB.
Location: Pikes Peak.
Elevation:  14,115 Feet, (4302 Meters).
SOTA No: W0/FR-004.
State: Colorado.
County: El Paso. 

  Web Cam: I will be operating in sight of the Panoramic Web Cam,
North East View,  at : < http://www.springsgov.com/units/pikespeak/images/northeast.jpg>.

Let me know if you are watching.
I won't be hiking around very much so I can stay in field of the camera.

Equipment: PRC319 Military Backpack Radio,

This is a fixed frequency radio, and i can't QSY when it is on my back.
The radio weighs about 25 pounds with a 14 cell LiIon battery pack.
Power: 50 W,
Antenna: 10 foot center loaded foot whip, with quarter wave shorted stub counterpoise.

Propagation Beacons: Check WWV on 15 MHz for propagation to CO. I will be 5 'S' units weaker.
Ground Wave: i will be Line of Sight to Denver, WY, KS, OK & NM.

Condx: Very poor.
Degree of Difficulty: If this was easy, i wouldn't do it. QRM, QRN, QSB, QSA1, QRP, Nets, Contests, QLF, etc.

TMI TMI .... Too Much Information ? Read on...
Hazards: Thin Air, Sun Burn,  Frostbite, Crevasse, Caissons disease (<http://www.altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php>), Precipitation Static, Saint Elmo's Fire, 1500 foot drop-offs,

Thunder Storms with millions of ionized particles rushing up the hill trying to charge my antenna and discharge through my body to ground ; but no rattlesnakes, mosquitoes or guard rails above tree line.
This is a very hazardous pedestrian mobile operating site.


If you can't make it to Pikes Peak this year;

Take the "Fall COG Rail Tour" at <http://tinyurl.com/n9we5nv>

or the "Pikes Peak Helicopter Tour " at <http://tinyurl.com/pr77z28>.

This is what happens to distracted drivers going up the Pikes Peak Highway:

High Altitudes have some additional challenges for radio operation:
1. There is 50% less air to breath at this altitude than at sea level, Got Oxygen?
The trick to high altitude breathing is not to breath twice as fast but to just
to expel more CO2 than normal when you exhale.
2. Equipment that is air cooled needs to have twice the air flow for the same cooling effect as at sea level.
My radio is convection cooled, it just keeps my back warm.
3. HV Arc resistance is reduced; For example, a 10 mil air gap will withstand 1500V at sea level but only 750V at 14,000 feet.
My radio (PRC319) is a sealed and water proof so it doesn't have any high altitude issues.
When the case seal is good the rubber key pad buttons bulge out.
4. A few years ago i had to rescue the Pikes Peak Ranger Truck with my 1981 Subaru,
he got stuck in the snow.

Get your Second Edition 'Pedestrian Mobile Handbook' at:
< http://www.lulu.com/shop/edward-breneiser/amateur-radio-pedestrian-mobile-handbook-second-edition/ebook/product-21539438.html>


A Pikes Peak QSL Card is available or you can make your own QSL card from your web cam screen shot.
Paul w0rw,

PO Box 6069,

Colorado Springs, CO 80934


g0sbw@...
 

I will listen out for you whilst operating /P from JO01MS49GV

Mark Wickens
 

Love it! We need more crazy folk like you in the world. Will watch the Web cam and listen bit we'd be doing well with the propogation between Córdoba where I'm am on holiday and your location.

Kind regards
Mark.  M0NOM 

On 18 Aug 2017 13:04, <g0sbw@...> wrote:
I will listen out for you whilst operating /P from JO01MS49GV

g0sbw@...
 

I will try

Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649
 

Anyone hearing Paul? Frequency just above has been busy so nothing heard here

Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649 Thunder Bay,Ontario
On 2017-08-18 9:57 AM, g0sbw@... wrote:
I will try


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Mark Wickens
 

I tuned into a couple of sdrs but didn't hear anything. Did see him on the webcam however! 

On 18 Aug 2017 19:18, "Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649" <flesnick@...> wrote:

Anyone hearing Paul? Frequency just above has been busy so nothing heard here

Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649 Thunder Bay,Ontario
On 2017-08-18 9:57 AM, g0sbw@... wrote:
I will try


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g0sbw@...
 

In view of the poor WX forecast I opted to operate /PM from JO01MS49GV instead of /P.  I was on station just after 16:00 UTC.  I heard a station on 14.343 so called in there.  There was some sort of net on and KD9CB told me W0RW was on 14.280.  I called on that frequency but heard nothing.  Eventually A61SM started up there and had a massive pile up.  I continued calling CQ on the other two frequencies for an hour but heard nothing.  Eventually my battery went dead - 60 minutes at 40W from an FT857 takes its toll.

So no luck on this side of the pond.  On the bright side I did not get caught in the rain which was threatening as I left the site.  A couple of shots; one of the backpack opened to see if there were any other problems other than a flat battery (the battery is in the black protective cover at the bottom of the pack), the other is the threatening rain cloud approaching as i was leaving the site.

Fred Lesnick VE3FAL/CIW649
 

Heard a few guys working him on 14.280 but the band is bas shape

Sent from my iPhone
Fred VE3FAL/CIW649


On Aug 18, 2017, at 15:42, g0sbw@... wrote:

In view of the poor WX forecast I opted to operate /PM from JO01MS49GV instead of /P.  I was on station just after 16:00 UTC.  I heard a station on 14.343 so called in there.  There was some sort of net on and KD9CB told me W0RW was on 14.280.  I called on that frequency but heard nothing.  Eventually A61SM started up there and had a massive pile up.  I continued calling CQ on the other two frequencies for an hour but heard nothing.  Eventually my battery went dead - 60 minutes at 40W from an FT857 takes its toll.

So no luck on this side of the pond.  On the bright side I did not get caught in the rain which was threatening as I left the site.  A couple of shots; one of the backpack opened to see if there were any other problems other than a flat battery (the battery is in the black protective cover at the bottom of the pack), the other is the threatening rain cloud approaching as i was leaving the site.

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Thanks Tom (G0SBW)  for trying,

Yes, the sub net took over 342.5 and an A61 took over  14260.

I still worked a bunch of chaps.

Report to follow.

Paul  w0rw