N1CLC, W6RWS, and I joined forces for an evening/nighttime activation of Palomar High-Point. 40m was on fire with contacts across the country, and 20m CW yielded a couple of nice DX contacts as well as a number of stateside QSOs.
We capped the evening with a little night photography before making the trek back down the hill.
Backpacking, family, fishing, and SOTA. What more do you need in life? Not much. And it’s all packed into this film about our recent 5 day adventure into the depths of the Northern Yosemite backcountry. Two SOTA activations, plenty of fish, and gorges scenery filled the trip. Hope you enjoy coming along for the ride.
Here’s a link to the video of the Live Stream activation… https://youtu.be/r19bNO2_g50.
You’ll certainly need some MATERIALS:
– T37-2 Toroids (my usual): https://amzn.to/3hFsYlj
– T50-2 Toroids (a little more efficient and maybe easier to build): https://amzn.to/2QCkGio
– 28 ga Magnet Wire: https://amzn.to/3b9Isf4
– 39pF 100v Ceramic Capacitor (0603 case recommended): https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/kemet/C0603C390J1GACAUTO/399-15862-1-ND/7516362
– 62pF 100v Ceramic Capacitor (0603 case recommended): https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/kemet/C0603C620J1GAC7867/399-14992-1-ND/7382541
NOTE: Consider a few other capacitors in the 22pF – 100pF range, depending on the traps you’d like to build.
– Perforated Prototype Board: https://amzn.to/2YLsFOJ
– 5/8″ Heat Shrink Tubing: https://amzn.to/3lwwGjt
– 1/4″ Heat Shrink Tubing: https://amzn.to/2G9bGzk
And you’ll need some TOOLS:
– Dremel (or similar)high-speed rotary tool: https://amzn.to/3gFEkEL
NOTE: I have had my Dremel tool for about 25 years now and it hasn’t missed a beat. Based on my personal experience, I would recommend going with the name brand tool.
– Diamond Cutting Wheels: https://amzn.to/2QBRHve
NOTE: I really like these because you can’t cut yourself with them, but they cut the perf board and BNC connector brass just fine.
– Soldering Iron (any will do) with a fine tip: https://amzn.to/2GaENlN
NOTE: I’ve been using this one for about a year with no issues. The heat gun is AWESOME for hot air/solder paste construction. The iron works well for traditional soldering.
– Electronics Tweezer Set: https://amzn.to/2ENy00w
Please share your builds with me when you’re done, and tell us about how it works out for you in the comments below.
Here’s a tangle-free way to wind up your antenna wires without a line winder or any extra weight. I call it the “Goat Wind” because I learned it from a WG0AT video. The man is a SOTA legend and has produced some great videos – check out his channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/goathiker) if you haven’t.
For the record, it’s pronounced “wīnd,” not “wind” ????… silly English words.
Anyway, try this out and let me know how it works for you. Sure, you’ll still occasionally get a tangle, but by not twisting the wire, it’ll unfurl without issue the majority of the time.
Four new padded cases arrived and are ready for an unboxing and fit check. Will any of these be a perfect match for the LNR Precision Mountain Topper MTR3B? Let’s find out…
The last case – an Amazon Basics portable hard drive case – is just about perfect. But the other cases have their niches too. Check out the video to see how I’m putting them to use.
#1: GLCON Case ($5.99) https://amzn.to/3g3nIqb
Perfect fit for these smaller mint tins https://amzn.to/3aCBcrN which will fit a standard Pixie transceiver board with minor trimming. Too small for MTR3B or full-size Altoids tins.
#2: ProCase Travel Case for Crucial X8 drive ($9.99) https://amzn.to/3g7gBgm
Perfect fit for Altoids mint tin radios with connectors and buttons on the skinny ends only. This one worked out perfect for my Forty-Niner and Chinese Super Rockmite (not shown in video). Too small for MTR3B.
#3: ProCase for Samsung T5 ($8.99) https://amzn.to/3kRENaf
Odd molded padding in bottom of case does not fit any mint tins or the MTR3B, but an Altoids Tin, even with connectors on the longer sides, fits well in the case. The molded bottom part could likely be used to store a small key, battery, or smaller earbuds. The least successful fit of the cases purchased, but still useful.
#4: Amazon Basics My Passport Essential Case ($6.71) https://amzn.to/3g3pbwH
Excellent fit for the MTR3B, a small iambic paddle, battery, and antenna. Great option for a compact MTR3B case!