The pnwSOTA website was created to facilitate communication between SOTA operators in the Pacific Northwest region, as well as show off some of the activities of the top-notch folks we have in the area. On this site you will find information about getting started in SOTA as well as details about summits and activations contributed by people that are operating here.
What a Party! Actually, two Summit-to-Summit Parties – In May we enjoyed Summit-to-Summit (S2S) contacts across the Willamette Valley in Oregon while another group exchanged contacts across Washington’s Puget Sound. Read about the fun here and join us for the next one on August 1 and 2!
Next month on 1-2 August things will be busy with three activities involving SOTA - The Colorado 14ers event and the ARRL UHF Contest, PLUS the W7 Summit to Summit (S2S) Party. Let's focus some attention on W7-land activations with the “W7 S2S Party.” We hope to see many W7 activations and want to facilitate S2S contacts.
With 2,461 SOTA summits, W7I presents a vast opportunity for virgin activations with over 90% of hills unactivated. A great reference for those planning a trip to W7I is “Idaho, a Climbing Guide” by Tom Lopez. There are nine peaks in W7I above 12,000 feet, eight of which are SOTA peaks, five of which are still unactivated and almost all require a 5,000-foot ascent from the trailhead. In ascending order of elevation are my pre-SOTA trip notes. Seven of the nine are in the Lost River Range north of Mackay.
"Mt. Electric" (W7W/PL-165) is a small hill on a logging property with easy, non-motorized access to the summit along a logging road. This one-point summit has pretty good views overlooking the Naselle River and parts of the Naselle Valley. This is an ideal summit to activate by mountain bike.
It was a sunny day yesterday when my wife and i went to Bald peak for a SOTA activation attempt (she thinks i am crazy for doing this). The view was great. It was a busy day at the park , lots of visitors coming and going. I had never been there and until i starting researching SOTA i had no idea it existed. learning about SOTA has allowed me to discover a different perspective and i can't wait for the next opportunity to combine the great outdoors with radio. I was able to make 6 contacts yesterday and with my little 2meter HT.
Nestled between Tiger Mountain and Rattlesnake Mountain, with their mobs users, Taylor Mountain offers a serene road hike (or bike) leading to a broad peaceful summit sans radio towers, fences, and concrete. Taylor mountain is an easy two-pointer with a few good views along the way. The route I took provided a net elevation gain of about 1,200 feet plus an additional 400 feet along the route over an 8 mile round trip.
As hikers, we've often considered hiking up Guye Peak, mainly due to it's prominance and close proximity to I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass. It has an appealing pyramidal shape when viewed from eastbound and westbound on I-90. The are 2 main routes; an eastern and western approach. I chose the less technical western approach, using the access path adjacent to the very popular Snow Lakes Trailhead in the Alpental ski area.