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Halfway to SOTA Goat!

December 7 · Issue #15 · View online
Stuart, KB1HQS Newsletter
So I am stuck at 499 points as a Summits on the Air activator and I need one more point to get my SOTA 500 Point Certificate.

Winter is here but that isn’t slowing me down. Tomorrow (Saturday, 12/8/2018) I plan on to heading to the GR Thompson Wildlife Management Area, about an hour outside of Washington, DC to activate:
and operate in the ARRL 10m contest that is this weekend.
Originally I was going to activate in Shenandoah National Park, however the Skyline drive which is the main road throughout the park is about 98% closed due to ice and snow. Good thing I checked on their website before making final plans!
No activations happening here!
No activations happening here!
Details of the Activation
Date: Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Time: 1700z
Wx: Weather looks chilly in the mid 30’s; Sunny with no wind.
I’m looking to hike around 8 miles round trip with a 1600’ elevation gain.
As always my trusty sidekick, Trail Dog will be coming along for the hike.
Poster child of pure
Poster child of pure
This hike will be on the heavy side as I am bringing my KX3, battery and dipole antenna setup. No masts are needed as there are plenty of trees. Also packed is my hammock and sleeping bags (under quilt and top quilt).
I plan on operating 10 and 20 meters. I may do some 2m (146.520 Mhz) as well. I will be spotting myself via my InReach.
As always you can follow me in real time.
Technology and Amateur Radio
Since 1996 I have owned a GPS in one form or another.
Back when I was your age we only had 4 satellites to get a fix!
Back when I was your age we only had 4 satellites to get a fix!
Back in the late 90’s I bought a Magellan 2000XL when I was running boats in the Florida Straits. Before I bought the GPS I would run compass bearings back into the keys and then try and figure out where exactly I was located. GPS changed all of that instantly.
Since then I have had several models of Garmin GPS hand held receivers.
As I upgraded to new models, they got more expensive and the user interface became unusable. Eventually about 4 years ago, I ditched them and started using my iPhone and the app GaiaGps.
Over time, I found that using my iPhone with GaiaGPS was a reliable and super useful tool. I never thought that I would get rid of my Garmin GPS and navigate only with a cell phone.
The app doesn’t require a cell signal which means I can turn on airplane mode to conserve battery.
Today I purchased the new iPhone 8, so my old 6 model will now be used solely as a hiking navigation device and a portable handheld for amateur radio. With the HamLog app and VNC Viewer, I can log calls and operate FT8 or JS8Call.
I will be doing a full video review in the near future.

I’m coming back to YouTube
Johnny (W5KV) aka Signal Search is back on YouTube!
QSO Today Interview with Paul Gacek, W6PNG - QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast
Author of “Portable Operations for Amateur Radio” book now available in Kindle and paperback
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