6m Activation of the Highest Peak in the Northeast - Mt. Washington, NH

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  1. AB1OC

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    The Nashua Area Radio Club
    has continued to have fun doing SOTA activations with our portable 6m Station. We recently activated Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the northeast with an elevation of 6,288 ft.

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    Our station was solar-powered and used a pair of LiPo packs on an MPPT charger as a backup when the sun was obscured by clouds.

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    Our portable 6m station used an IC-7300 operating at 100W into a 3 element yagi on a 22' push-up mast. The setup allowed us to make over 50 SSB QSOs on 6m during our time on the mountain.

    It was cold at times when passing clouds engulfed the mountaintop but our club had a great time with the activation! The views were tremendous and mountain topping is a great way to have fun on 6m. You can read more about our Mt. Washington Activation here -

    https://www.n1fd.org/2017/09/01/sotapota-activation-on-mount-washington

    Fred, AB1OC
    President, Nashua Area Radio Club
    https://www.n1fd.org
     
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  2. N5EAL

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    Wish I wasn't evacuated by Harvey. I would've tried with my 100 watts and OCF dipole.
    (Hopefully we'll get back soon. Water is dropping pretty good, I'm told.)
    Glad everyone had a good time.
     
  3. WB2WIK

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    Hope it was fun!!

    Doing it during a major VHF contest probably would yield a lot more contacts, and there's one coming up.

    I've been to the top of Mt. Washington a few times, including driving and taking the old cog railway. The WX up there can get very nasty very fast, but it looks like your operation had fine weather, so thank your blessings.

    Do it again, preferably for the June VHF QSO Party next year, you should make a lot of contacts.
     
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  4. W2JBL

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    Great to work your expedition. I'm new to 6 and when I heard your signal had no idea you would hear me from Carmel NY (250 miles). I was only using 50 watts to a quad loop at 20 feet. What a surprise to find you only had 100W and a modest antenna with such a big sgnal here.
     
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  5. AB1XG

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    I 2nd that idea! I'd love to hear you on during the next VHF contest.
     
  6. N4NDR

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    Mt Mitchell in North Carolina is highest peak in Eastern US... Not Mt. Washington.. But as title says Mt. Washington is highest in NE USA.
     
  7. KF5FEI

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    I think Mount Washington holds the record for the coldest / windiest place in the U.S., though.
     
  8. AB1OC

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    Thanks everyone for the comments and encouragement. Mt. Washington can be a very cold and windy place. We were very lucky with our activation - we had mostly clear weather and it was not too cold. We have done two other activations this year which coincided with VHF contests. They were both in NH - Pack Monadnock and Mt. Kearsarge. You can read about those activations at the following links -

    https://www.n1fd.org/2017/06/30/6m-sota-station/

    https://www.n1fd.org/2017/08/20/mt-kearsarge-sota/

    We are hoping to do one more activation here in New England before the cold weather hits. Would anyone link to suggest another peak in NH or MA??

    Fred, AB1OC
    President, Nashua Area Radio Club
    https://www.n1fd.org
     
  9. K1FBI

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    Who asked you
     
  10. WB2WIK

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    Having grown up back that way I know lots of good spots, but you're discussing "drive-up" locations, and there are fewer of those.

    Mt. Watchusett in MA is about as good as Pack Monadnock -- just slightly lower, but also farther south and closer to Boston, Hartford, NYC, NJ, all points south, etc -- so it's pretty good.

    Mt. Monadnock is much higher than Pack Monadnock and has a way better view to the west, but no paved road.

    I've activated Slide Mountain, NY twice (el. 4204') on VHF-UHF and it's better than all of those, looking west; however not anything like a paved road, it's a backpack trip. KT2B and I spent an overnight in the August UHF contest back in the mid-80s and using lightweight portable gear we did really well...it was amazing hearing stations in the midwest just pounding in on 432 MHz. But the closest you can get a car is the parking lot at the bottom, and it's miles of hiking to reach the summit.

    Cadillac Mountain, ME is a drive-up and very well paved. Not all that high, but surrounded by ocean in three directions and a great location. We did the June VHF contest from there in '86 I think it was and did well (got our picture on the cover of QST for that). We were working mobiles on 146.52 FM simplex who were up in Montreal from there. And of course working all over VE1 was easy, you could see it. Good shot down the coast, too -- worked many 2m SSB stations in VA and NC and they were surprised we were in Maine.

    Have fun!
     

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