SOTA activation in Kentucky - Pine Mountain - A QRP Adventure

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  1. W9CDK

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    HAhahaha. This is some great advice. I usually just try to talk a bunch and make noise. But maybe I should look into bringing a banjo along as well...
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  2. W4ALF

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    The Harmonica seemed to work well. No Bears and no people! Deliverance music is good repellent in God's country ;)
  3. W4ALF

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    I will be working on better video and audio next time around, I promise. Iphone video was the extent of my documenting for this trip. de W4ALF
  4. KE4YMX

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    Fantastic video!! i really enjoyed the scenery and the music,, good balance of talking and showing the details of the trip. Well done :)

    73 de fernando ke4ymx
  5. WN1MB

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    I keep foodstuff's sealed and safely stowed or hung. So far no problems with ADK black bears - knock on wood.

    Amen, brother! Damn wannabe producers/DJs. Bleh!

    Speaking of their "nest" activation, how about this? ;)
  6. N4ADK

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    Very nice. How many miles was the hike?
  7. K0MD

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    Great video of your trip to Pine Mountain State Park in SE Ky. I grew up and operated near there from 1977-1989 before moving to Mn. It is nice to see the park remain so primitive and beautiful. The Bears were introduced by the USFWS after I left there - not the smartest policy idea if you ask me! Propagation was always great from that region of the USA.
  8. W4ALF

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    There were signs of bears everywhere. Yet we saw none. :) The first night was nerve racking for me, but after that I was not worried. Don't let wildlife deter you from going to places like these. It was a great trip. Someone mentioned ticks, I sprayed all my gear with permethrin, my hiking buddy did not, we both saw none nor had any ticks the whole trip. Typically you will see less ticks at higher elevations, we only camped one night at lower elevation. The biggest threat on this trip was not bears, it was dehydration. We under estimated the amount of water needed and at summit no water, we came back down and filtered water and drank to hearts content - at summit I had symptoms of dehydration, made operating that night difficult. The accumulated elevation gain/loss was about 3200ft, the trail was up and down the whole way. Lessons learned and great experience both Ham operating and backpacking. Next trip is either TN or CO for another SOTA. de W4ALF
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  9. W4ALF

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    I want to say is was only 7mi? but the constant up and down of the trail had us huffing and puffing in the heat. :)

  10. W4ALF

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