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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Sylvania - the Urban Experience

Summit: 
W7O/WV-096

We had grand plans for the weekend and then saw them all melt away after a couple of received phone calls.  By Sunday afternoon, the sobering reality of a totally adventureless weekend was weighing heavily on us.  As my hope faded, Mrs.

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Green Mountain, Oregon

Summit: 
W70/NC-036

I read up on K7ATN's activation from 2015 and spent a fair amount of time looking at the maps.  It seemed like there was an easier way to the summit than the highly rutted road that he had taken.  Sure enough, there are good roads all the way to the bottom of the approach.  Take Bacona Road out of the little town of Buxton until you come to Buxton Lookout Road that turns off to the right.  Follow Buxton Lookout Road upwards until it reaches the closed yellow gate.

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Saturday Rock, Washington

Summit: 
W7W/LC-089

Access to Saturday Rock summit is via NF-42 which begins at Sunset Campground at the end of NE Sunset Falls Road.  The road is well graded, though peppered with its fair share of chuck holes. Follow NF-42 for  approximately 9.4 miles to the intersection with NF-53.  Continue on NF-53 for another 2.4 miles to the intersection of NF-53 and NF-38. Plenty of room to park at the intersection off the main roads.

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Willamette Valley and Puget Sound Summit-to-Summit Parties - Sep 23, 2017

Willamette Valley and Puget Sound Summit-to-Summit (S2S) Parties
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 18:00 UTC (11am local)
Frequency: 146.58-fm

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Peak 4005, OR | August 2017

Summit: 
W7O/CN-095

Peak 4005 is a near drive-up summit a bit east of Mount Hood, accessed mostly on paved Forest Service roads. You should consider this summit in the Mount Hood 2m FM "dead zone" as we were not able to raise anyone on 146.52.

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Peak 4816, OR | August 2017

Summit: 
W7O/CN-089

Peak 4816 is a near drive-up summit a bit east of Mount Hood, accessed mostly on paved Forest Service roads. The summit area has an small but interesting rock pinnacle. You should consider this summit in the Mount Hood 2m FM "dead zone" as we were not able to raise anyone on 146.52 except a sked with a nearby S2S.

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Peavine Mountain, OR | August 2017

Summit: 
W7O/CN-044

Peavine Mountain is a drive-up summit a bit east of Mount Hood, accessed mostly on paved Forest Service roads. You should consider this summit in the Mount Hood 2m FM "dead zone" as we were not able to raise anyone on 146.52, even after begging on the Mt. Hood repeater.

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Sorta-SOTA on the beach

This wasn't an actual SOTA operation, but it was done in SOTA style.  For today's Eclipse QSO Party, I took my SOTA gear to Oregon's Devil's Kitchen State Beach.

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Cedar Butte, Oregon / August 2017

Summit: 
W7O/NC-018

Travel on Highway 6, and turn north onto Cedar Butte Road between milepost 17 and 18. Drive over the bridge and continue straight at the Muesial Creek Road junction (0.1 mile). There are signs at each junction that direct you to Cedar Butte, however, mark your mileage here and watch for posted signs. The trailhead is 5.7 miles from this point. At 2.0 miles turn right at the “Y” intersection. At 4.8 miles, the Cedar Butte Road veers left. Continue another 0.7 mile to the trailhead.