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: https://www.14ers.com/13ers/peak.php?peakkey=450
Jesse will be posting updates and frequency information here so be sure to get on the air and log this SOTA contact: http://www.sotawatch.org/alerts.php
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.