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Mountain Topping with the Mountain Topper MTR-5B

@ThomasK4SWL tipped me off on a MTR5B for sale, and I couldn’t pass it up. After tuning up a 40m EFHW to operate on all 5 bands, I rounded up N1CLC and we headed out for a holiday Monday activation of a local summit. Here’s our adventure.

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SOTA Madness – 250+ mi 2m CW and ZL S2S

Every year, the SOTA geeks in Arizona coordinate a "10 point Madness" event where many of them summit high peaks in AZ and try to work lots of summit-to-summit contacts. Living in SoCal, that event is a fun opportunity for me to try working long distance 2m contacts. This year wasn’t the best for 2m propagation, but I brought another new antenna for HF which paid off well. Enjoy!

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HRWBOTA What? @HamRadioWorkbench On The Air!

The crew from the @HamRadioWorkbench podcast hosted a fun on-the-air event December 3rd called Ham Radio Workbenches On The Air (HRWBOTA). To me, it sounded like a great excuse to get out and operate from a SOTA/POTA and get as many of the guys in the log as possible. Here’s my adventure.

If you’re not familiar with the Ham Radio Workbench, check it out.
www.hamradioworkbench.com
Every couple of weeks, the hosts deep-dive a topic related to ham radio, and talk about what fun projects are on their workbenches.

Some of the individuals in the crew have their own channels as well which you should also explore:
KJ6VU – @georgekj6vu889
@VE6LK – HRWBOTA Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgYER7MtQKI&t=6355s&pp=ygUFdmU2bGs%3D
@SmittyHalibut – HRWBOTA Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV8vX-4oUG4
K4SWL – @ThomasK4SWL
VA3ON – https://twitter.com/va3on?lang=en
VA3MW – https://www.qrz.com/db/VA3MW

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Rooted in Nature: Instilling a Passion for the Outdoors in the Next Generation

This trip, I take Josh from @HamRadioCrashCourse and his son Ben out backpacking to an otherwise typical Eastern Sierra lake that holds a special place in my heart. Trips to this place were formative in my life, helping to instill a love for the mountains, particularly the Eastern Sierra.

This time, we merge Ben’s first backpacking trip, first time trout fishing and fly fishing, and his first POTA activation for a wonderful weekend in the mountains that will hopefully change his life forever.

Check out @KD2YDN and his channel here on YouTube.

And if you’re in ultralight fly rods or blanks, check out RDP Fly Rods. https://rdpflyrods.com/

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Gear Failure Cuts Our Trip Short

A 4 day trip turns into 2 when gear failure strikes us on an attempt at reaching two intimidating Sierra backcountry summits. Memorial Day weekend, 2023, I set out with a few of my SDMRT teammates to summit Mt. Darwin and Mendel. The epic snowpack made for great conditions despite road closures, and we had high hopes for some great summits. Unfortunately, fate had other plans. Still, we managed to bag a summit and got everyone out safely. Here’s the story…

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New POTA goodies!

Flight tags, screen wipes, and new stickers for you radio case… check them out at the POTA booth at #Hamvention or https://www.clubgearonline.com/.

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Ski-Tour SOTA in the Sierra – White Wing Mountain

With record snow in the Sierra, two previous attempts to get to the big mountains for some snow fun were thwarted by weather and road conditions. But this time, we made it.

With a blue-bird day and a deep snow-pack covering the sierra peaks, Erin, Brooks, Kevin, and I set out for a ski touring attempt up a fun little peak North of Mammoth Lakes, CA. Here’s the story.

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Sierra Solitude – Part 3: One More Summit, and the Return to (un)Civilization

I wrap up day 2, adding one more summit and SOTA activation attempt and then starting my hike back out to the Onion Valley trailhead. On the way, I encounter more hikers, including one who needed some help.

Hope you enjoy coming along for the adventure.

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Sierra Solitude – Part 2: The Hardest Rock Climb in North America (in 1896)

After a great start to the trip, I finish up the trek to camp in the Sixty Lakes Basin, get a good night’s rest, and make an attempt at one of the most remote and difficult Sierra summits – Mt. Clarence King. Towering over the center of the Rae Lakes Loop, Mt. King is a centerpiece of the region and a peak whose summit is sought by many a climber to bask in its beauty and its amazing history. Today it’s my turn to try.

If you missed Part 1, start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHo0IK9Wc3Y

Hope you enjoy coming along for the adventure.

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Sierra Solitude – Part 1: Into the Wild Mountains

The first part of day 1 of this trip brings quickly into the remote wilderness, as I climb over a technical pass – a shortcut to a remote region of the Sierra Nevada. I decide to attempt a rarely climbed peak as a bonus, and to try to snag the first SOTA activation. Short on water, and struggling from the thin air, I encounter some awesome wildlife and have a blast wearing myself out on some tricky terrain.

Hope you enjoy coming along for the adventure.