Authors note: Yes, I’m still planning to take off the month of January, as far as blogging goes, and devote my time to serious Physical Therapy aimed at facilitating a full recovery from my recent heart surgery –top priority! I’ll also be studying to take the FCC General License Exam for amateur radio within the next few months. Those remain my immediate priorities.
I plan to re-blog a couple of my older posts, plus adding some links to specific posts from other blogs I follow – I think you’ll find them to be of interest. Many of the re-blogged links I include over the next month will discuss hiking and backpacking. Many will also discuss QRP (low-power), amateur radio operations in a SOTA (Summits On The Air), battery-powered environment — thus maintaining the hiking/climbing/backpacking theme, plus the off-grid aspects of amateur-radio operations, combined with emergency/public service radio ops. A little something for everyone!
1. My friend jonathanchristopherperry blogs about hiking and wilderness at sweetwilder.com. Much of his hiking takes place in western North Carolina. A recent post summed up some of his favorite hikes over the past year- “In a tumultuous and seemingly chaotic year, the woods were my refuge. Every time I made it onto a trail I felt centered, at home. It’s hard to distill these feelings into a single post, but my favorite memories of this year are from simply being in the woods and looking up at the canopy of leaves against the outline of the sky,” taken from 2016 — A Year In Review.
Last summer I stumbled across Jonathan online, as he blogged about thru-hiking the The Long Trail – across the full length of Vermont. He posted everyday, for about three weeks, and I found him to be a great story teller. I’d hiked a short section of the Long Trail in 2014 up by Killington, while on my way to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Thus, I had to read Jonathan’s entire thru-hike story. And wouldn’t you know, just south of Killington I stumbled upon the Long Trail Brewery, which I highly recommend for lunch and libation. I actually found myself at the Brewery again in 2015 as I returned again to the White Mountains! Great place! Now enjoy Johnathan’s hiking blog!
2. And speaking of Summits On The Air (SOTA) and amateur radio hikes, here is a post by George Carey Fuller, KX0R describing his SOTA hike- the First SOTA Activation of Mount Richthofen (12,940′), the highest peak in the Never Summer Range in Rocky Mountain National Park, back on Sept. 27, 2015. Yes, this activation definitely required some planning and work! Congratulations Mr. Fuller!
In some cases, these SOTA Activations take place from parking lots, Trail Heads, or a short leisurely hike from the Trailhead. Sometimes not! In all cases, they require the radio operator to have good technical operating skills, including knowledge of the radio, antennas and their ground, plus the radio ground; radio wave propagation characteristics, transmission lines, matching resonance between feed lines and antennas (SWR), dc power considerations, and much, much more. Sometimes it ain’t easy, but it’s always a challenge and fun! Stay tuned for more SOTA adventures!