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Disclaimer: First. This will void your warranty. Second, this is just info from my install and I am not responsible if you brick your radio. I hate the built-in spectrum display on the FTDX-1200. It only updates while […]

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I already had my 31′ fiberglass mast that I used to use for SOTA activations. But the bucket of concrete and PVC pipe just weren’t enough to keep it vertical. In short, I went to Lowes and got […]

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So after spending the first part of my “HAM life” in a condo which of course had an HOA I finally have a yard to play in. So far I have tried an end-fed wire at around 66ft […]
Field day this year was rough. I basically went to a mountain top and setup there. It was hot… QRP was like a bad dream… Antenna kicked my butt. Just watch. Hope you enjoy.
I have been rather lazy lately. The struggle to get myself to a summit has been  a big one. So I figure why not do two drive up summits. This was a great plan until I got to […]
Summit: Mt Pinos Designation: W6/CC-002 Elevation: 8,848′ Length: 3.44mi round trip Cell Service: Verizon LTE   Well it had been some time since I activated. I love the Frazier Park area so naturally a good 8 pointer in the […]
Well I have been doing a lot of reflecting away from SOTA. And the truth is I miss hiking. So I think I am going to go back at it. I will start packing lighter though and not […]
The Start Well today started out fairly good. I woke up early and left from Santa Clarita, hitting the 5/210/2. The drive was uneventful except for the usual suicidal cyclists heading up the crest. Don’t get me started […]
Location: Southern California (Sierra Pelona Mountains) Cell Reception:  Verizon Elevation: 5,787′ Hike Time: 1hr (estimated) Trail Type: Forest Road, Lots of down hill and up hill. Don’t do this one on a hot day. Temp Start 75F Temp End […]
Cell Coverage: Verizon LTE Elevation: 4,619ft Location: 34.6410977°N, -118.4134145°W Well originally I was going to activate W6/CT-158 4020 which is real close to Camp 9 Fire Station. Little did I know the jerks with the county closed off the […]