Red Summit RF - How I log SOTA points while you sleep

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  1. N9LCD

    N9LCD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I used to operate "SOTA" VHF & UHF.

    Well, not really from a summit, there aren't near 606-land, but from a windowsill in our condo, about 425 feet up. The results were really great on 2 meters with a HT when the band was open, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan.

    I tried operating from the 72nd floor storage area but was foiled by the sheet metal roof.

    Unfortunately roof top open-air bars FROWN upon operating between drinks!
     
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  2. NJ7V

    NJ7V Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hahaha you just need to find the right bar. There is bond to be one out there somewhere.
    That's cool you operated from those heights. I've occasionally wondered if it would be fun to operate from on top of a tall building.
     
  3. N9LCD

    N9LCD Ham Member QRZ Page

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    It is.

    Part of the fun is sneaking your rig in and acting "cool", like you belong there, while you're trying to have a QSO.

    Remember "out of area" PL tones can be a pain if you're trying to hit repeaters.

    And the VHF / UHF bands can close really fast, no fading! It's an abrupt closing.
     
  4. NJ7V

    NJ7V Ham Member QRZ Page

    This interesting that you try and work VHF/UHF openings. Which type of propagation do you figure you see most often? It seems we almost never get VHF/UHF openings here in AZ. It's really rare. What is your distance record?
     
  5. N9LCD

    N9LCD Ham Member QRZ Page

    NJ7V:

    I don't really know what kind of propagation it was; I was just licensed as a "Tech" maybe two or three years.

    One of the things that may have helped was Lake Michigan. Our windows looked north, up the Lake into Wisconsin.

    Probably my "all time" record while we were in the condo was hitting a repeater on the tip of the Green Bay peninsula and getting through it to a ham in Ipshiming, Michigan on the Upper Peninsula. Even hit Iowa once for a couple of minutes. But most "hits" were due east into Indiana and a few into Michigan.

    Use NOAA Weather Radio to track possible band openings. With an indoor antenna on my RA1795 receiver, I've picked up NOAA Springfield, Illinois WXJ75 on 162.400 MHz. And that's about 210 miles.

    I couldn't say about Arizona but, up here in 9-land, late spring, summer, and early fall seem to have the best propagation.
     
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  6. NJ7V

    NJ7V Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very cool Gerald! Thanks for your comments.
     
  7. K9EZ

    K9EZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sure wish we could get you on HF for us East Coasters :)
     
  8. NJ7V

    NJ7V Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Kent - Yeah it's been a while since I've worked you. I will be activating in Georgia sometime in the first week of October. Maybe I can get you in the log then?
     
  9. KG5JPG

    KG5JPG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I dream occasionally about SOTA, but he highest point in my whole county is an over pass....I live two blocks from the Gulf of Mexico. Have fun folks.
     
  10. NJ7V

    NJ7V Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah that's pretty flat land over there. I looked at the map and you have one little hill over by Jasper, about 3 hours away, and otherwise it's "SOTA desolate". Bummer. You do have some cool parks near you that I'd love to activate for POTA!
     
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