SOTA HNY Activation

View of gear

KX4O/p Summits on the Air (SOTA) activation of Hawksbill Mountain (W4V/SH-001) on New Year’s Eve on 40, 20 and 10 meters.

LiFePO4 – The New Normal?

LiFePO4 – The New Normal?

The Lithium Iron Phosphate battery chemistry is my replacement of choice for my old 7AH lead acid gel cells.

First SOTA Activation – Using VHF FM

First SOTA Activation – Using VHF FM

My first journey to the mountains as SOTA activator was a success using minimalist VHF FM gear.

Hawksbill Mtn. APRS Appalachian Trail Test

This is the view as you approach the top of Hawksbill on the only trail.

The Northern Virginia team of Ham Radio operators and companion hikers manned Hawksbill Mountain for the 2011 Appalachian Trail Golden Packet event. Gear included a Kenwood D710 with Green Light Lab GPS, 2m Collinear J-Pole and a 70cm collinear J-Pole.

Virginia Summits On The Air

Virginia is now represented in the popular Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.