Ham Radio Action Next Weekend – Sept 8/9
There are three excellent ham radio activities going on this coming weekend. Check these out and see if there is an activity that catches your interest. This is written for people in Colorado but items #1 and #3 are North American wide.
- ARRL September VHF QSO Party – noon MDT on Saturday until 9 PM MDT on Sunday http://www.arrl.org/september-vhf
- Colorado FM Sprint – a mini version of the September VHF QSO Party,
using FM only on these bands: 146 MHz, 222 MHz and 440 MHz
Saturday from noon to 7 PM MDT
Suggested frequencies: 146.58, 146.55, 223.5, 446.000, 446.100 MHz FM simplex
- North American Summits On The Air (SOTA) Weekend
SOTA activations all over North America
Go here to see announced summit activations: http://www.sotawatch.org/
VHF contacts are usually on 146.52 MHz
(Note: this frequency is NOT allowed for contacts in the
Sept VHF QSO Party and Colorado FM Sprint)
HF contacts are on frequencies listed on sotawatch.org
Wow, lots of stuff to choose from!
At the very least, I’d suggest getting on the air Saturday afternoon to see if you can work some of the VHF contest stations. They are likely to be some mountaintop SOTA stations active at that time, too. Some of these folks may try to work the VHF contests AND do the SOTA thing on the same expedition.
73, Bob K0NR
I have been working my CW skills while in the field over the last couple of weeks, and now feel confident that I have gotten it down well enough to attempt a SOTA activation.
I’ll be activating Mt. Lemmon (W7/AW-001), in the Santa Catalina mountains just north of Tucson. The plan is to operate on 20 meters with my Ten-Tec R4020, and LNR 40/20/10 EFHWA. Will also try for the Colorado event with my FT-60 and Elk LPDA (not gonna hold my breath, but will give it a shot!).
Keep an ear out for me on 14.060 +/-, and 146.52.