This is a drive-able mountain – you are welcome to drive or hike. There are a parking lot and picnic area a short distance from the top where we will be setting up. The peak is a short hike from the parking area. This activity should appear to anyone who wants to work portable operations – you do not have to take part in SOTA/POTA/VHF contest – you can come and operate and have fun.
Fred, AB1OC will be bringing the portable satellite station. I will have my mobile HF station (IC-7100), a couple of HTs with the 2m/70cm Elk Antenna and tape measure yagis, and the Elecraft KX2 as well. I can’t use them all at the same time and would be very happy to share!
I will also be bringing my grill if you want to bring anything to grill up during the day.
Here is a map to the parking area on Mt. Kearsarge (you can also hike to the summit from this location):
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.