SOTA Opportunity- Summits on the Air

One of our very own, Jesse – KB2OBQ, will be operating while on a military training exercise in the coming weeks.

Jesse and his detachment will be headed out to the mountains of Colorado in order to conduct alpine training.  As part of a friendly competition, he and his communications guy have a “friendly” bet going on who will be able to log the most contacts, either him on military gear on military freqs, or Jesse on Ham radio.  My money is on us in the Ham community.  With that being said, starting on the evening of the 19th of July, You’ll be able to hear me on the normal QRP frequencies of 15m, 20m and 40m operating CW, SSB and digital modes.

On the 26th of July, they are going to summit Crystal Peak, at an altitude of 13,852 ft.  They will hop on the air, and the ‘competition’ will commence.  Jesse has registered that summit effort with SOTA (Summits On The Air)Look for me around 15:30 UTC, 26 July (10:30 central time) on or around 14.285.  They will operate for a bit from that peak, then move east to Father Dyer peak, then ultimately end up on Mount Helen.  Peak information can be found here:

Jesse will be posting updates and frequency information here so be sure to get on the air and log this SOTA contact:

As an update to this, some had asked about CW, below is Jesse’s reply:

As far as CW freqs go, I will be on the QRP calling freq both SSB and CW, so for CW listen around 14.060, and for 15m, 21.060. I think I’ll mostly try SSB so the other folks can listen figure around 14.285 and 21.385.


2 thoughts on “SOTA Opportunity- Summits on the Air

  1. Jesse, drop me a note to please if you get a chance. I’m flying back home on Tuesday and should be standing by for your call on Wednesday. I have a very sensitive antenna standing by ready to try and pick you up to help you win the bet. David AB3TW


  2. Email sent … weather depending, I’ll be on the peak around 1500 CST on the 26th. Hope to hear some NOARC folks on the air!

    Jesse – KB2OBQ


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