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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.

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Huckleberry Ridge activation with KR7W, 10/8/2014

During the first week of October, I was delighted to receive an invitation from accomplished SOTA activator KR7W to accompany him to the not-yet-activated Huckleberry Ridge summit.  I expected to take my HB1B along, but testing my equipment, the day before our outing, I managed to toast something inside while trying to get a good antenna match.  So I petitioned Rich to let me pack along his trusty KX3 as an alternative to the HW7 he was planning to bring for his own use.

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First SOTA Activation: Earl Peak, Kittitas County, Washington, October 19, 2014

Seeing Red...and orange, yellow, blue and green.  The reference here is to fall colors and the ongoing hunting season.  Beautiful fall day, with mostly sunny weather, fall foliage on display.  Several hunting parties in the Teanaway, Beverly and Bean creek valleys necessitated wearing bright colored clothing, and making our presence known.

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Clear West Pk W7W/RS-042 Non-Activation

Hello all, I headed up to try and activate Clear West Pk this last weekend.

Hear are the the directions that I was going to follow:

-  From Enumclaw drive east on SH 410 for approximately 22 miles to FR 74. (this is where I got as FR74 is gated) Turn Right (South) and drive 7 miles to Rd 7430.

-  Turn Left (south) and drive 7.4 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road, elevation 4725 ft. 

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Hungry Mtn Activation - October 3rd 2014

Hungry Mtn is located in the Okanogan National Forest near Carlton, WA. It’s only a short distance from the highway, with a short steep climb from the end of the road. No water, no trailhead, no facilities, no permits. You’ll likely want to use a high-clearance, 4WD vehicle – this road will be soft and slippery when wet. This peak took me about an hour to walk in to, and half that time to get back to the truck.

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SOTA Activation: Mount Catherine, Kittitas County, Washington, September 21, 2014

Last full day of summer, 2014 - A short Activation hike to a beautiful mountaintop view from the somewhat smallish summit area of Mount Catherine.


A last minute decision to attempt a SOTA Activation on the last full day of summer 2014, led us to choose Mount Catherine, behind the Summit East (Hyak) ski area, near Snoqualmie Pass. 

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Nason Ridge West Activation - Sept 21 2014

For a couple of hours yesterday on the last Sunday of summer, I enjoyed the pleasant ambiance of Nason Ridge West. Well, OK, I could hear and see the highway traffic below me but it was still quite peaceful on top. In fact, I didn't feel very much like leaving and stayed much longer than normal, soaking it in. Wish I could bottle this and pull it out of the cupboard in January...

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Jove Peak Activation - Sept 16 2014

 This could be the second of two 6-point peaks in the same day when you combine this with an activation of Union Peak (SN-082) - you'll want to cross Union on the way to Jove anyway!

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Union Peak Activation - Sept 16 2014

This could be the first of two 6-point peak activations in the same day - just combine this with Jove Peak (SN-058) which is just a bit further up the same trail. These peaks are located in the Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest just east of Steven’s Pass on. Access is via a Forest Service Road #6700 (Smithbrook) iwhich is rough, but ok for passenger vehicles. Parking is off of a spur road, so a NW Forest Pass isn’t needed here.

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Disk Failure on Server

The hard drive on the server that runs pnwsota.org failed sometime on Wednesday. I replaced out the physical hard drive in the machine and Dan Smith spent many difficult hours restoring the data to the machine. Things should be good for a while, but more of the drives in these machines have been failing. Sometime in the near future we may announce a "remodelling" where we'll push this to another better box. Thanks in the mean time to Dan Smith for his hard work on all aspects of the site. I just provide resources; Dan is the one that does all the hard work.