Amateur Radio operators from around Colorado will be climbing many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains and Summits On The Air (SOTA) peaks to set up amateur radio stations in an effort to communicate with other radio amateurs across the state and around the world. Well, last year we celebrated the 25th annual event so this year it must be the 26th. We are continuing the all weekend approach on August 5 and 6. However, many mountaintop activators will hit the trail early in the morning with the goal of being off the summits by noon due to lightning safety concerns.
We still have the very cool 25 Year Anniversary t-shirts (and other great stuff) available at http://www.cafepress.com/wg0at
The 14er event includes Summits On the Air (SOTA) peaks, which add over
1700 now 1805 potential summits! If you aren’t up to climbing a 14er, there are many other summits to choose from (with a wide range of difficulty). See the W0C SOTA web page at w0c-sota.org
Radio operators who plan to activate a summit should post their intent on the ham14er Yahoo Group. To subscribe to the “ham14er” email list, visit the Yahoo groups site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ham14er/ . Also, be sure to check out the event information at http://www.ham14er.org It is also a great idea to post an ALERT on the SOTAwatch.org website.
Frequencies used during the event
Activity can occur on any amateur band including HF, VHF and UHF. The 2m fm band plan uses a “primary frequency and move up” approach. The 2m fm primary frequency is 147.42 MHz. At the beginning of the event, operators should try calling on 147.42 MHz. As activity increases on that frequency, move on up the band using the 30 kHz steps. Don’t just hang out on 147.42 MHz…move up! The next standard simplex frequency up from 147.42 MHz is 147.45 MHz, followed by 147.48 and 147.51 MHz. We try to stay off 146.52 MHz, the National Simplex Calling Frequency to avoid overload, but if you need to make a call there, go for it…and be brief.
|Frequency (MHz)||Comments||Frequency (MHz)||Comments|
|147.42||Primary 2m FM Frequency, then up in 30 kHz steps||7.032||40m CW Frequency|
|147.45||Alternate 2m FM frequency||7.185||40m SSB Frequency|
|147.48||Alternate 2m FM frequency||10.110||30m CW Frequency|
|147.51||Alternate 2m FM frequency||14.060||20m CW Frequency|
|446.000||Primary 70 cm FM frequency||14.345||20m SSB Frequency|
|446.025||Alternate 70 cm FM frequency||18.092||17m CW Frequency|
|144.200||2m SSB calling frequency||18.158||17m SSB Frequency|
|50.125||6m SSB calling frequency||21.060||15m CW Frequency|
|1294.50||23 cm FM calling frequency||21.330||15m SSB Frequency|
|Other Bands/Modes||Standard calling frequencies and/or band plans apply.||28.060||10m CW Frequency|
|28.350||10m SSB Frequency|
Warning: Climbing mountains is inherently a dangerous activity.
Do not attempt this without proper training, equipment and preparation.
Sponsored by The Colorado 14er Event Task Force