On Saturday, September 23rd we’ll head to Mt. Wachusett (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!
We were on Mt. Kearsarge a few weeks back for our second SOTA activation. This location had a great view to the south and provided us with a picturesque location to operate from The CQ VHF contest was going on at the same time that we were up on Mt. Kearsarge.
We brought our 6m portable station and used it for the second activation.
The setup is solar/battery powered and it has worked well during both of our club SOTA activations. The setup provides 100w out on 6m and keeps the batteries charged throughout an activation.
Abby, AB1BY, Jamey, KC1ENX and Patrick, KC1HDN, were also up on Mt. Kearsarge and we all had fun hanging out together during the activation.
We have a great SOTA activation coming up on Mt. Washingon next weekend. Anita and I are really looking forward to this next one. See Jamey’s article for all of the details. It should be one of the most fun activities of the year for us. We hope to see you on Mt. Washington!