Mountain Goat Summit Revisited

A little less than a year ago I summited a mountain, known in SOTA terms as 9431 (it's elevation ASL) with a designator of W5N/PW-019, which put me over 1,000 Activator points and thus qualified me for the Mountain Goat award. This award is one of the most satisfying awards I've achieved in ham radio, including #1 Honor Roll. I did the summit that day with a couple of friends of mine, Fred KT5X (aka WS0TA) and John, K1JD. Both are also mentors to me as I learned the SOTA trade so to speak.

So, nearly a year later, the three of us returned to the same summit. Like the previous ascent we would need snowshoes to get to the top. The hike is a little more than 3 miles round trip and climbs 1,100 vertical feet. The hike starts in Black Canyon with a steady ascent to the shoulder, and then two different steep pitches to the top. The drifts on the summit were significant with our snowshoes sinking 1-2 feet into the snow. There were patches facing the south were the snow had completely melted, however most of the final ascent is on the north side of the mountain.

Below is a brief video of my set-up on the summit. I have configured my 3 band MTR (17m, 20m and 30m) so that I can hold it in my hand. As you will see in the video, the battery and paddle are attached to the radio and I use the back of the radio to hold my log. Very compact and very efficient. I certainly can't claim this as an original design since I coped it from Fred, KT5X. My antenna is a linked EFHW into an 81:1 transformer. The actual link connection design was inspired from Frank, K0JQZ.



Below is my log:


TimeCallBandModeNotes
17:31zW7RV10MHzCW
17:31zK0LAF10MHzCW
17:32zK6JMP10MHzCW
17:33zW7USA10MHzCW
17:34zK7JFD10MHzCW
17:34zAK5SD10MHzCW
17:35zNU7Y10MHzCW
17:35zNG6R10MHzCW
17:36zND7PA10MHzCW
17:36zN7LP10MHzCW
17:38zK1LB10MHzCW
17:41zW4AMW10MHzCW
17:41zK0HNC10MHzCW
17:42zKG3W10MHzCW
17:47zK6EL14MHzCW
17:48zAE9F14MHzCW
17:48zKG3W14MHzCW
17:49zNA4SO14MHzCW
17:51zN9KW14MHzCW
17:51zNK6A14MHzCW


Mike Crownover, AD5A, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Texas, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

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