On Saturday September 24, we held our last SOTA activation of this season at Mt. Wachusett in Massachusetts. We had great weather, great scenery, and a great time operating from the summit.
Getting to the Summit
Fred, AB1OC, Anita, AB1QB and Jamey, KC1ENX took the mountain road to the summit, while Brian, W1BP hiked to the top.
Operating from the Summit
Fred and Anita brought their 6m beam and portable station. This time we were set up for digital operation and made SSB as well as FT4 QSOs. We made a total of 24 QSOs and were heard on FT8 as far away as Nova Scotia and North Carolina.
Jamey brought his new KX2 and worked many countries in Europe QRP on 20m with his Buddipole vertical.
We had a warm sunny day – perfect for the first weekend of Fall. We had plenty of solar power to run both Fred’s and Brian’s stations.
On Saturday, September 23rd we’ll head to Mt Wachusett SOTA (W1/CR-001) in Princeton, MA. It is only about an hour drive from Nashua.
The Address is: 345 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA.
There is a road to the summit and hiking trails to the top. If you haven’t gotten in on the SOTA action yet, come and join us and get in on the fun! We’ll try to arrive around 10:00 am and operate until you’re too cold or have worked everyone on the bands.
Fred, AB1OC will be bringing the same 6-meter setup that he brought to Mt. Washington. You can bring your own setup or operate from our portable station. Rumor has it he also has FT8 and Meteor Scatter setup so you can try your hand at these digital modes!
Contact Jamey Finchum, KC1ENX, if you plan on coming or if you have any questions.
Fred, AB1OC, Tony, KC1DLX, and Anita, AB1QB, road up the Auto Road. It was an 8-mile drive to the top with breathtaking views along the way.
We had great weather on the mountain. Clouds sometimes passed overhead but it was sunny most of the time which provided for great views of the surrounding White Mountains.
Operating at the Summit
When we reached the summit, we set up a 6-meter station with an Icom IC-7300 and an M2 6 meter beam at 22 ft.
The station was powered by batteries and solar panels.
Fred, Tony, and I had a great time operating the station, completing over 50 QSOs all over the Northeast.
Several other members joined us at the summit, including Al, KC1FOZ and Tom, KC1GGP.
After the Activation
Thanks to Tony, KC1DXL, and his XYL Josephine, who hosted us for a delicious dinner at their nearby condo after the activation.
Thanks to Jamey, KC1ENX, for planning a great day for club members! This was our 3rd SOTA/POTA activation this year and each one has been better than the previous one! We’re looking forward to the next summit!
Here are more pictures from Mount Washington:
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