SOTA activation in Kentucky - Pine Mountain - A QRP Adventure

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  1. W4ALF

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    A short video we took a multi-day backpacking trip last June to Eastern Ky for a first time SOTA (Summits on the Air) activation of Pine Mountain [Designator W4K/EC014]. Modes operated were CW and SSB.
    There was much adventure to be had, sign of bears, hiking, qrp fun!

    Ham Equipment used:
    RIG: KX2
    ANT: 66FT OCF QRP Dipole

    RIG: KX3
    ANT: Random Wire/Sloper

    de W4ALF (Christian Bravo) es AI4BJ (Mark Volstad)

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  2. W9CDK

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    I can't handle the vertical video...
    WHY was it filmed this way?

    Looks like a nice activation though. I can't wait for things to warm up here so I can get out in the woods again...
  3. KH6OWL

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    I grew up in Whitesburg and lived at Mayking. Nice to see the area again. Thanks for the video.
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  4. N7XCZ

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    Looks Like a lot of fun, going to try some SOTA activity here in the Reno Nv area this spring.
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  5. KK5R

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    I hope this sets a trend for the area. I went to Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky back in the early '70's, it's in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Eastern KY, and set up an HW-7 with a 40M dipole and before I made the first contact, a ranger came in and ran me off saying that they didn't allow that in the park. I am forest wise, had no fire and my sons were running around in the trees having a grand time. Looking back at it, I should have gone to the ranger station or contacted the state authorities and let them know what ham radio is all about. Setting up in the forest, I was about 1/4 mile away from the road on a small dirt road and then off into the trees. No digging was done and the antenna was hanging head high from the branches of a couple of trees with nylon string that was removed entirely and when we left, no mark was left to show we'd even been there.

    Some of the "don't feed the squirrels" purists who always smugly pretend to know more than the rest of us would like it better if NO ONE went to the forests and disturbed their little friends. I get to laugh at them and their lack of insight into the rest of the world. They lump everyone into their little ridiculous basket.

    What disturbs me most is the strip mines in E KY that have been shut down for decades have been fenced and gated so no one can visit them unless you find a back door into them. They are primo for hill-topping operations. Why do they lock people out? Ask them and they will get in your face and say, "It's my land and I don't want anyone on it." Meanwhile, they improve the roads and keep the property open for their purposes while it sits idle and even animals are scarce. If they only knew that they could charge entry fees for campers of their choosing to go there and enjoy the land while they made some coin, it would be better for everyone. It seems that it always takes small minds to accomplish small things.

    I hope to get to some hilltop and operate portable later this year. I am glad to see others have also done it. It adds a lot to the hobby.
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  6. KC8VWM

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  7. VK2JI

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    Nice video, Not sure I'd have stayed overnight with the bears in the area though!

    To see a summit more visually (maps and satellite) - the SOTA Mapping Project site is extremely useful:

    73 Ed.
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  8. VE2WTX

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    Great idea on that water filter. Be aware of ticks after sitting on the ground and camping in the forest they can transmit lime disease.
    Thanks for the Sota qso !
    VA2MO / VE2WTX.
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  9. KK5R

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    According to the ranger at a big fishing lake in Daniel Boone National Forrest, one brown bear had been sighted last year at another park location. Bears usually avoid people unless they have been fed or figure that where there are people, there is food. They are usually like snakes and other forrest critters where if you make enough noise, you'll never see them.

    The advice about ticks is extremely important. If there is a repellent, then by all means use it. It's cheap insurance. Avoid walking through tall weeds preferring rocky areas is also a good practice. Ticks are usually picked up by animals and clothing by going through weeds and other tall vegetation.
  10. W9MRH

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    Great job you guys. I don't remember chasing you on that one, sorry I missed you. 73 & I hope to catch you on another one.

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