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SOTA Iceland Trip report & hiking the Long Trail in the Fall

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October 7 · Issue #36 · View online
Stuart, KB1HQS Newsletter
Winter is quickly approaching and that means more hiking and amateur radio. Lots to share in this month’s newsletter: I return from my Iceland SOTA trip and am now and heading to VT to section hike the Long Trail.

Contents
  1. My Complete Guide to Traveling & Hiking in Iceland
  2. Using natural navigation techniques in Iceland
  3. Upcoming Trip: Long Trail Section Hike (VT) & Maine
  4. KB1HQS Trip Reports
  5. QSL Mail Call
  6. Cool Ham Stuff
My Complete Guide to Traveling & Hiking in Iceland
Click below to view the different sections:
My Complete Guide to Traveling & Hiking in Iceland
My Complete Guide to Traveling & Hiking in Iceland
Pictures from my 3 day/50 mile:
Laugavegur trail
Laugavegur trail
A cold river crossing
A cold river crossing
Hiking between the glaciers
Hiking between the glaciers
Hjörleifshöfði (TF/SL-216), Iceland (SOTA)
Hjörleifshöfði (TF/SL-216), Iceland (SOTA)
Iceland Academy | How to avoid hot tub awkwardness
Using Natural Navigation Techniques in Iceland
Along with ultralight backpacking and amateur radio, I am now writing/vloging about my other hobby: navigation (land, natural & celestial).
While in Iceland I used several natural navigation techniques to help orient myself while hiking.
Upcoming Trips:
Fall in New England
I’m still working on activating a SOTA summit in every state in the US that has one. As far as the NE, I still have Connecticut to activate. I plan on activating Talcott Mountain (W1/MR-001) this Friday, 10/8/21. The following two days I will travel through MA and southern VT activating several other SOTA sites. Keep an eye on the clusters for my call sign.
Speaking of Vermont….
Pico Mountain in VT
Pico Mountain in VT
As you may recall, I did a 110 mile hike of the Long Trail back in the summer of 2020. It was full of mud, heat, crazy people and getting my stuck bear bag out of trees.
2020: Long Trail_Day 1 Sleeping with the Beavers
I am heading back up to VT next week to continue the hike and see how many new miles I can complete in 5 days. I will start where I stopped in 2020 in Rutland, VT and head north. There is a massive amount of SOTA summits along the way that I plan on activating, time permitting.
Follow my online Trail Journal and YouTube Channel for the latest updates.
2021 LT Fall Section Hike - CalTopo
That's a lot of SOTA summits dude
That's a lot of SOTA summits dude
Since temperatures can range from 85 degrees to below freezing, I will be packing heavy with all my winter gear. Hopefully the weather holds out and I get some nice moderate temperatures with fall foliage. Fortunately the summit elevations are usually under 4k which helps.
As far as gear, I will carry my Mountain Topper with Packtenna End Fed antenna and a VHF HT for 2m simplex. Battery will be a RavPower PD battery bank that can run my radio and charge both my cell phone and InReach.
No ham radio go kits, solar power or other useless crap. Keep it simple; keep it light and use what works.
Thanks goes to Steve, WG0AT for the super cool custom CW paddle.
Thanks goes to Steve, WG0AT for the super cool custom CW paddle.
A list of my gear for my 2021 LT Section hike
A list of my gear for my 2021 LT Section hike
Want to follow my path in real time?
KB1HQS Trip Reports:
Hjörleifshöfði (TF/SL-216), Iceland | KB1HQS
QSL Mail Call
SOTA Power Duo
SOTA Power Duo
Cool Ham Stuff
🛰️ See A Satellite Tonight 🛰️
SDRUno 1.41 Released: Scheduler and ADS-B Plugins Added
Determining SOTA Activation Zones in Google Earth – VK2GOM Ham Radio & SOTA Blog
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