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8/11 Meeting Minutes

  • Intros
    • Chris N1CLC - misconfigured mobile radio for party line. 80 contacts. Generated a lot of interest. Lots of chatter locally. 146.52. A lot of excitement. Should put it on QRZ calendar.
    • Scott WA9STI - Escapala peak. 7K peak. Las Padres. 1.4 mile hike. 48 contacts. HF and 2m. 21 S2S - Eric 134 miles on 2m simplex.
    • W6NAL Adam Robles - Wish was out there! Going out to Seqouia's find a peak. 
    • Ben Mook AG6N - Had big plans to go up to peak. Wasn't in cards that day. Something.
    • Brad - K4BTH - NC, found through social media. New to SOTA. Does parks on the air. 340 miles on Appalachian trail.
    • Dave AE9Q - New to group. Just had a CW QSO. Would have loved to participate. Would have loved to participate. Catalina mountains fire. Closed fire at 9K feet. Can't get to them. Too hot. Lower summits are not habitable. Hope to join next year. W7 has a similar type of operation in October. Mount bigalo last two years.
    • David Guber - AI6OU - Did participate in the Aug 1 and 2. Temple Hill laguna beach. S2S with someone in north San Diego. From Manhattan Beach, Alta Dina. Rollup jpole.
    • John Vo - Buck point to Cucamonga. Didn't have enough time to spend on radio. Was hiker was inexperienced hikers. Got only 2 contacts with Adam and someone else. 6K feet.
    • Victor W2AYZ - New hear. Paul K6PVZ worked on CW. New to SOTA. Icom 705 coming later this year.
    • Seth KN6BYY - Tried chasing, but didn't catch anyoen. 
    • Mooner K6AQ - Was on Dictionary Hill. Wanted to do HF activation. Had issues with HF. Did VHF/UHF. Got someone in Ventura county.
    • Ed - KM6TNT. Family issues that weekend, but looking forward to getting out there.
    • David N6AN - Was active. Sierra Noroeste had a pretty good haul. Worked a lot of HF and VHF. Didn't make any 440 contacts. Here in Moscow in afternoon. Sunday was on Flint peak. Had another good day. 112 contacts total 31 unique S2S. W7A Sotafest was somewhere in September. Had a bunch of contacts. Didn't work any of the 14ers. N6WT was on Sierra Noreste and had a better shot to some people further south on 2m.
    • Mark - 5764, lots of problems, didn't participate. Rare day that you can hike that you can have KX0R. Huge chaser.
    • Tom - KB9EMS Ham 1990, SOTA since 2016. Able to bike activate Mount Gleeson. Almost 10 miles and 4 hours. Camped overnight on Friday night. Got up early and worked east coast chasers.
    • Paul - Hadoc mountain. Spent night out there. Lovely night. Not a good time on HF. No SSB contacts. A few CW contacts. VHF/UHF - 
    • Richard Donner - going to be a chaser for a while. Worked from home. WA6KYR. Been in SOTA for 5-6 years. Been keeping in shape. Will start doing some SOTA peaks around January.
    • Kent N6WT - Went to Sierra Noreste with David. 58 QSO's that day. Left and then went to San Amagido and then another 7. 17 S2S. Really fun day. Going to peak mountain tomorrow.
    • Eric NE6G - Saturday on Anderson peak. Lot of contacts. Lots of S2S - good to get out.
    • Linda - Hikes with Mike!
    • Maxwell KN6KCY - Wasn't activating. Getting technical license. Sport is mountain biking.
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7/14 Meeting Minutes

  • Intros
    • Ed - KM6TNT - used KX3. Up in snow.
    • KM6CEM - charles mccants. 76 S2S's. Yaesu FT-2B.
    • Kim KC6ARY - 891 Yaesu used with Rasberry PI. JS-8 call summits.
    • Paul (nd001) - 857. KX2. Highlight was grabbed new unique. Unactivated peak. Contacts down to NZ.
    • Adam Robles W6NAL - Newport beach with some family. With Paul using his KX3.
    • Dan AI6XG - KX2. More exciting - trapped end fed half-way. MTR 3B. Colorado from backyard.
    • Ben AG6N - 
    • Brandon Rudolph - Eric NE6G. Member of the PAPA system.
    • Chris N1CLC - KX2 mtn in NM
    • David AI6OU - 891 - chasing and hiking years ago, and want to get back into it.
    • Eric NE6G - Westwood, CA. One SOTA activation. With Ed and Adam K6ARK. Adam's KX2.
    • Jim K6IRX - bao feng and tape measure.
    • Adam K6ARK - Mountain Goat a couple of years ago.
    • Kent N6WT - KX2 frasier maountain
    • John KM6TRU - 2 weeks ago in FT2-DR with whip antenna. Want to trade 991 into 891
    • Liana N6WH - Adam and Paul. Forgot both key and antenna. Used Paul's rig.
    • Michael KN6CTJ - New with SOTA. 2 single points. Last activation was dictionary hill with anytone and Elk antenna. Yaesu FT-891.
    • Mike KX6A - Got Mtn Goat a couple of years ago. Trail running. FT-2DR. Using a mountain topper.
  • Battery Question - Bioenno 12 amp hour. Is 9 amp hour OK, and can I run 50 watts?
    • 867 - 100W Yaesu. They are power hogs. Have run with 5.5 amp hour. 50 watts, 35 watts. 1 hour of activation time.
    • Probably won't be able to run 100 watts.
    • Bioenno site has max draw and duty cycle information, etc.
  • Chris (N1CLC) Presentation
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6/30 Meeting Minutes

  • Attendees:
    • Alex KK6MJG - Field work on FM in a park in San Diego. Tried QRP single sideband.
    • Chris N1CLC - Noble Mountain. Alpine AZ. Made a few contacts. Running 100 watts. Sunday went to turner peak. Got another 8 
    • Drew N7DA - Had another op with him
    • Ed KM6TNT - backyard portable almost all CW.
    • Jim K6IRX - 4 SOTA activations Flint peak. Sunday Chino Hills, 4-6 contacts.
    • Mike KX6A - Spent field day, 150 contacts, all CW, FM 6m contacts
    • Mooner K6AQ - tried to do a SOTA activation. In park by house. Used batteries and solar power.
    • Ted W6TED - Tuesday on Thomas Mtn. Field day up there activated. 7 contacts FM, CW 239 contacts 45 states, 6 provinces.
    • Michael KX6A - Cucamonga Peak!
    • Paul W6PNG - FT8 and FT4 at home. Around 150 contacts. Did Baldy
    • Dan AI6XG - Did some chasing!
    • Kim KC6ARY - KC6CLC operated under his call sign. 2E station off battery and solar power. 50m
    • Ben Mook - For field day, went out to Flanders near Joshua Tree (QRO). Was up there Sat morning, 20 and 40m. Battery powered with solar power.
    • Adam Kimmerly K6ARK - QRP station in yard. 15m contact in Alaska.
    • Jim Steinberg - No plans.
    • Mike Molina KN6EZE - 1 QRP CW contact 
  • Promoting SOTAFest - Amateur radio clubs. ARRL site to get a list of those. See if chairperson. Michael KX6A is part of a radio club. Low hanging fruit to get in touch with.
    • SOTA Reflector
    • NA SOTA Slack channel
    • Adam is a group that is part of ham radio YouTube. Will reach out.
    • SOTA Facebook page
    • Instagram / Twitter

Battery power comments - Paul, Mooneer, Ben Mook

 

6/16 Meeting Minutes

  • Paul Gacek W6PNG - Try to get to 150 uniques.

  • Adam Kimmerly K6ARK - Goal is to build radio that weights less than 1oz.

  • Scott - WA9STI - Collect states. Have 25 so far. Hoping to get Iowa with three summits.

  • Drew N7DA - SoCal SOTAFest. 2m activations. Should 440 should be just as good or better?

  • Ed KM6TNT - Overnight activation.

  • Ben AG6N - Adding a new band.

  • Chris N1CLC - N1CLC.com - Less than 40 points away from SOTA Goat! Want to get to Colorado this year.

  • Richard WA6KYR - Want to get going and activate. Wants to go to San Francisco, steps to Mount Davidson.

  • Dan AI6XG - Northern california. Lightening load. Lighter rig, lighter antennas.

  • Michael KX6A - Scott was #4 contact on Mountain Goat. Unactivated peaks.

  • Liana N6WH - Want to be more consistent. Want to activate. Maritime historical radio society, point reyes above san francisco, can operate as a station.

  • David KE6UPI - Want to activate.

  • Alex - 

  • Jon K6LDQ - 

  • Mike KN6EZE.

  • Introductions (15 mins)

    • Question - Something 

  • New to SOTA (10 mins) - A chance for anyone new to SOTA to ask questions and introduce themselves

  • Discussion (25 mins)

    • Richard - KX0R station. Sounds like he has a 100W radio with a beam. 67’ wire with 10W. George.

      • Adam: Random wire with a tuner. Gives him better efficiency with transmission. Being at higher elevation.

    • WA6LE - SOTA.

    • Paul - Baden Powell.

    • 2m FM.

    • Focus on getting participation - keep it simple to start with.

    • Coordinate with 14ers and http://www.pnwsota.org/

    • Need to keep chasers happy.

    • Adam Kimmerly - prizes.

    • Dan AI6XG - Weekend.

    • North American QSO party is that weekend - Saturday.

    • Shouldn’t use calling frequency - 

    • Simplex frequency in advance.

    • More manageable CW.

    • Contests.

    • W6 SOTA - California.

    • Open discussion and Q&A - I'll be taking topics/questions from anyone at the beginning, so come with an interest in mind!

    • VHF Contest and Activations - If you participated in the VHF contest, come and share your story about it, or about any weekend activations and your experience and learnings. Share pictures, mishaps, etc.

    • SoCal SOTAFest - We'll need volunteers for this event - any and all help is welcome!

    • CW Sked - Continuing to align on a good format, date, time, etc. for this. Topics include date/time, bands/frequencies, and aligning with the larger SOTA community.

  • Wrap-up (5 mins)

 

6/2 Meeting Minutes

  • Attendees (and most interesting animal encounter)
    • Chris (N1CLC) - Triple encounter of deer, antelope, turkey.
    • Scott (WA9STI) - Near sheep attack
    • David Hodge (N6AN) - Giant/healthy rattlesnake
    • Ben (AG6N) - Gators and giant snakes in FL, but only rattlesnakes in CA
    • Dan Koellen (AI6XG) - Bighorn sheep stampede
    • Jim (K6IRX) - American Bison on Catalina
    • Liana (N6WH) - Swim with dolphins
    • Mooneer (K6AQ) - Rattlesnake signs
    • Ed (KM6TNT) - Moose encounter
    • Mike (KN6EZE) - Toe to toe with a skunk (didn't get sprayed)
    • Adam Robles (W6NAL) - Water buffalo trying to protect turkey
  • New to SOTA
    • Jim - What band do people like to use for SOTA?
      • Chris - in LA area, use 2m FM. On HF, most on 20 meter, and then 40. If you only have one, bring a 20 meter.
      • Dan - Northern Cali, 20 is good for midwest. 40 is conduit down to SoCal.
      • Scott - 20m and 40m are good. Ground wave might work on HF. 60m might work close in.
      • Scott - 20 and 40 really quiet. 
  • Discussion
    • Scott WA9STI - SOTA accident with activator up to Waterman. No cell service. Had HT in car. PAPA-8, Wilson made call with emergency traffic. Joined by another ham who was monitoring. Lesson: being prepared and having a ham radio.
    • Adam Robles - Just got tech license. Haven't done activation. Paul might take folks in the group out. Chino hills peaks. Which rig for digital?
      • KX2 & KX3
      • Good to consider if you need a tuner.
      • Telescopic whip - MFJ-1714 (2m half wave).
    • Organizing upcoming SOTA events
    • Organizing CW Practice - Zoom QSOs. Can do CW on 2 meters. 80 or 40m
    • Saturday August 1 for a SoCal SOTAFest.
      • Need volunteers.
  • David Hodge presentation
    • SOTL.AS <--- website
    • SOTAwatch - Create Spots & Alerts
    • Planning - gear list + photos
    • Question - feed line length?
    • CW - try thinking in CW.