More hiking and some QRP radio

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   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!


Long Trail Brewing Co. logo

Long Trail Brewing Co. logo

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!


Mount Richthofen

Mount Richthofen from Lulu Mountian, CO credit G. 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!


About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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4 Responses to More hiking and some QRP radio

  1. oldslowhans says:

    Good luck on your license exam. 73, de Hans, K0HB

  2. ve3ips says:

    HEY MIKE i never saw that long trail beer when i was in CO? is it a micro brew?

    • Mike Hohmann says:

      The Long Trail Brewery is in Vermont, home of the Long Trail. I’ve never seen their beer anywhere else, although I imagine it’s available many places out east, maybe even Toronto or Montreal? I guess it’s a micro-brewery, but they’ve been around a few decades I think. It’s a nice brewery to visit. Another favorite brew of mine is Scape Goat Pale Ale by Big Sky Brewery out in Missoula, Montana. Big Sky is probably available in CO. Big Sky has a half dozen varieties, including Moose Drool… maybe you’ve seen that one. I enjoy your amateur radio blog, with it’s emphasis on good operating procedures and QRP (aka low-power operation), at

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