Even with a busy schedule, I am trying to make time for a few on-air activities and these might also interest others.
On Sunday, 4 August listen for Amateur Radio Fun in the Colorado Mountains or perhaps better known as the Colorado 14’er Event. Hams from all around Colorado will climb many of the 14,000 foot mountains (known as 14’ers) as well as other SOTA summits to setup amateur radio stations and get on the air from the top of the world (or at least the top of Colorado). This event started in 1991 by Bob Witte, KØNR and 20+ years later it is still a popular activity.
2012 was the first year this 14’er event incorporated the over 1700 SOTA qualified summits in the state. For those who want to chase from the comfort of their home ham shack, keep in mind that not all stations operating during this event will be doing so under the guidelines of SOTA.
As for me, I plan to activate Genessee Mountain, W0/FR-194 and make it a combined amateur radio outing and picnic with my wife. Genessee Mountain is an “two pointer” SOTA summit with easy access to the top and will be a nice, relaxing morning in the Rocky Mountains.
Just a few days after the 14’er event, my wife and I leave for an almost 3 week vacation in her home country of Belgium and England. It’s been a long, rough and difficult first half of 2013 and we are both looking forward to our vacation.
Once we return from vacation I’ll have less than 36 hours to prepare for the Colorado QSO Party. You might remember last summer I was working at a feverish pace to get the new basement ham shack finished for the 2012 Colorado QSO party. Last year I made 281 contacts and my goal for 2013 is to try to break that number while having fun doing it.
The Colorado QSO party takes place starting 12oo UTC 31 August until 0400 UTC 1 September (Saturday 6 AM – 10 PM MDT) and is sponsored by the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association.
Keep your ears open towards Colorado and I hope to work you in either or both events.
Until next time…
73 de KDØBIK (Jerry)