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Mountain Ham Radio With An Old Dog

This week we take an old friend into classic New Zealand gold mining country in part of the Remarkables Conservation Area near Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand.

We set up a small portable radio station on a summit and work 24 stations in New Zealand, Australia and Japan using very low power QRP ham radio.

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Free from lockdown! Hiking New Zealand up a beautiful mountain with no name…

With the South Island of New Zealand finally free of lockdown, I head back into the mountains for a little hiking trip up into my own back yard!

We walk up the Arrow river, rich with old gold mining history as it winds its way up the valley towards the derelict town of Macetown.

We throw a right off the Macetown "road" and head up the New Chum Ridge Track, head left onto the sparse Miners Route and then shoot up off trail to the 1108m spot height. There are expansive views throughout the Wakatipu basin of Arrowtown and Queenstown, and many of the basins feature peaks such as The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak, Mt Sale, Crown Peak, Brow Peak, Ben Lomond, Bowen Peak, Mt Soho and Cardrona.

On the summit we have a crack at a little bit of ham radio (summits on the air) and make contact with stations as far away as Japan using voice (SSB) and also morse code! (CW).

There was also some "exceptionally good" wildlife, nature and particularly bird photography/videography done. I apologise in advance for this, it was terrible.

Please enjoy, and get outside and explore if you can! 🙂

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Ham Radio Elmers Tune Up Unsuspecting Innocent Rookie QRP Operator

Join Chris (ZL4RA), Roly (ZL1BQD), Geoff (ZL3GA) and Mark (ZL3AB) as they guide me through a typical QRP portable ham radio expedition to a SOTA summit.

I take no responsibility for the actions of others, or myself.

I have not been into the wilderness for over a month, this is old footage, please send help.

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Common Injuries & Managing The Cold For Portable Radio Operators

Injuries suck, but who better to learn more about the topic from than from Adam, an amateur radio operator and also long time, highly experienced SAR (Search & Rescue) team member.

https://www.youtube.com/c/K6ARKPortableRadio

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It Finally Arrived – Bad News For Portable Radio

With the world turned upside down it was only a matter of time before the "Big D" AKA delta variant of COVID-19 showed up – so we’re taking it slow!

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Clothing For Summits On The Air & Portable Radio

Adam K6ARK from the San Diego Mountain Rescue Team tells us the basics in terms of clothing for operating radio in the great outdoors!

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A Mini QRP Radio Expedition – Recovering From My Ultra!

I give the legs a bit of a shakeout after a reasonably big weekend prior. A lot more QRM than I would have liked but a beautiful lunchtime out none the less!

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Not the best ham radio idea I ever had

Can you do 12 SOTA summits in an ultramarathon day? What does that look like? Is it a stupid idea?
Come along for the adventure as we tackle 3k+ vertical meters/10,000 vertical feet of climbing in a day including 5 night time summits!
Banks Peninsula 12 peak epic ham radio ultramarathon

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Summits On The Air Lunch Break + A CHAIR!

One of the rarest of jewels, a ZL3 drive up! Rock donkey approved.

#qrp #hamradio #sota #summitsontheair #newzealand

Enjoy!

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Uncle Trev Reveals Baofeng Radio Secrets

Watch out for deathy death vipers kids, and have fun out there.

This skit was approved by 3rd party sources before being published.

If I was going to blame anyone for this monstrocity – I’d probably look to them.

VK is a glorious place.

No Chinese or Japanese radios were harmed in the production of this catastrophy.

Will this be the video that sinks the channel? Is this the worst video ever produced in the name of ham radio? Probably.

#hamradio #baofeng