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North Paulina Peak, OR | Sep-2012

Summit: 
W7O/CE-014

This would be a great activation on a mountain bike - the single track looks like a good time. On busy weekends hikers might be outnumbered by bikes - however, for this early fall, late evening activation I saw no one on the trail. The trail is about 4.1 miles one way with about 3/10 miles of that cross country and 1300 feet of elevation gain.

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Pete's Mountain, OR | March-2012

Summit: 
W7O/WV-098

There's nothing particularly interesting about Pete's Mountain - it's essentially a suburban pavement activation for one point. There's no public space so one ends up standing on the public right of way a few feet from the road, pretty much in someone's front yard. I was across the street from the actual 'summit' that's in the front yard of a large house. 

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Glass Butte, OR | Sep-2012

Summit: 
W7O/CE-070

The road to Glass Butte requires a high clearance vehicle and four-wheel drive is recommended.

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Little Glass Butte, OR | Sep-2012

Summit: 
W7O/CE-088

The roads in this area to access Little Glass Butte might be Ok in a very carefully driven passenger car, but high clearance is recommended. If you are traveling through eastern Oregon this is a worthy six-point peak to check out, especially along with an activation of nearby G

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Buck Peak, OR | Sep-2012

Summit: 
W7O/CN-046

Sixteen miles of roundtrip hiking, even on a nice trail, is a long way to go for two points, but it might the easiest way to get to Buck Peak and it's a lovely hike just the same.

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Lava Butte, OR | Sep-2012

Summit: 
W7O/CE-188

Lava Butte is an easy and fun four pointer if you are ever in Central Oregon. It is a drive-up summit part of the year. There is a sometimes staffed lookout at the top and enough room for operating and most any antenna. Since it is a popular spot, you could get plenty of questions about ham radio when it is busy.

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Hunting Seasons Open in the NW - Wear Blaze Orange

For those that hunt regularly this is not news, but for other SOTA Activators please be aware of hunting season in the areas you might activate, especially when hiking off trail. Check the hunting calendar for your state, wear clothing to be seen, and be thoughtful when crashing through the brush.

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Narrowly Escaping Disaster on East Peak

Summit: 
W7O/NE-011

While in town for the Hells Canyon Relay race, Taylor and I planned to hit two 10-point summits in the Joseph, OR area, our highest elevation and point value yet. What started off as a well-planned day trip unraveled into a messy situation. This is a long report, but worth the read!

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Goats and shadow bear on Goat Island

Summit: 
W7W/RS-006

2011-10-29 Goat Island W7W/RS-006 CN96EV22

I ordered a LiFePO4 battery, one what I wanted for a while. It is 12.8V and capable of deliver 26A. Capacity is 13.2Ah. This should be sufficient to operate the portable radios on maximum power. It weighs 1.9Kg. Now that I have a good battery, I do not want to carry the 897 any longer with the internal batteries. So it is time to get another radio, a lighter one. I looked around and at the end I decided on the 857. I think ICOM does not have any good SOTA capable radios. The 706 would be good, but cannot buy new it any longer, and I don’t want to wait for a good deal on eBay. I would not like to take the 7000 outdoors. Time to go down south into Oregon to buy a radio.