Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

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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Clear Lake Butte, OR | May 2015

For anyone heading up to Mount Hood or headed from Portland into Central Oregon, Clear Lake Butte would be a nice stop on the way. It's a well graded and mostly paved forest road, suitable for biking or bringing along those that aren't big hikers. And no one would mind arriving at a classic fire lookout.

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SeaPac 2015 SOTA Gathering - June 5, 6:30PM, Pizza Harbor, Seaside

SeaPac, the ARRL Northwest regional hamfest is June 5 to June 7, 2015.  We are having a Friday night SOTA gathering, much like the past few years. We have reserved the banquet room at the the same pizza place we have met before - looking forward to seeing SOTA folks there!

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Steamboat Rock - 4/28/2015

If you are interested in an atypical activation, this rock might be just for you. A low elevation early spring attainable summit. Located in a WA state park North of Coulee City, WA.  Much more expansive than Beacon Rock and depending on the day of the week, fewer visitors.

Great views and clear terrain for miles. Elevation at top is 2285 feet with a quick gain of 650 feet from the TH thru a steep slot in the cliffs which can be loose rock at times.

Steamboat Rock State Park offers campsites and boating opportunities.

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Activation of Union Hill, W7W/KG-142

I've had my eye on Union Hill (W7W/KG-142) for the entire 9 months I've been activating SOTA summits. Why, you ask? Several reasons. First, it is the closest summit to my QTH. Secondly, the summit is on a piece of undeveloped forest that invites exploration. And if those reasons are not enough, the summit had never been activated.

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Lucky Peak, ID | May 2015

With a clear weather window during a wet week, my wife and I decided we should go hike/run up Lucky Peak.  The trail head is only a couple miles from our house so we spend quite a bit of time on the first few miles of the trail.  This would be our second time hiking all the way to the top.  It would be the first time hiking/running the peak with the SOTA gear on my back though!



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Bald Mountain Activation - 5/14/2015

This 8 to 9-mile roundtrip first activation was very satisfying even on the overcast and misty day we did it. The payoff at the end is a simple scramble up a wide granite incline to the peak. The area was broad enough for the wide span of my 40M inverted-V.  On a clear day, you will be rewarded with a wonderful vista of the Spada Reservoir and the mountains beyond - or so I hear...

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Puget Sound S2S Recap

Despite a propensity of warm sunny weather lately, Saturday brought dark overcast skies and the threat of rain in the northern Puget Sound for our Summit to Summit party.  That didn't discourage our activators. 


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Willamette Valley S2S Party | After The Airwaves Cooled

Saturday May 16, at noon, ten operators on nine summits participated
in the Willamette Valley S2S party. The weather was pretty much typical
Oregon/Washington spring-like, with fog and rain reported at most
summits. All activity was on 2m FM with most folks running 5 watts.

We had some good DX:
NS7P   <-->  AE7RP  172km (106.9mi) {NS7P @ 5W)
K7ATN  <-->  KG7O   180km (111.8mi) {K7ATN @ 5W, KG7O @ 30W}
NS7P   <-->  KG7O   206km (128mi)

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Stack Rock, ID | May 2015

Stack Rock has become more accessible over the last few years due to private land being converted to public access.  A private donation made it possible for the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley to purchase private land around and on the way to Stack Rock.  More information here at this LINK.  The trail is widely used by hikers, mountain bikers and is now used by those that have drank the SOTA Kool-Aid!