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Search and rescue volunteer living in Southern Oregon.

Elecraft KX2 with PackTenna random wire on a SOTAbeams carbon 6m.

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bill h

Being in the mountains is just about my favorite way to spend time.

I was licensed (extra) in 2016. When I am not doing QRP, I like to build RF stuff of all sorts. Most of my portable radio time is dedicated to SOTA and supporting wilderness ultras. My primary rigs are the FT817 and FT60R. I use mostly endfed antennas for HF and a half-wave whip or j pole for 2M. Main modes are FM or SSB though I am learning CW and try to use it every time out.

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Etienne Scott

Although I've had my license for forty years, I had not been active for thirty-five - until I learned about SOTA. As an active hiker/climber/skier, more opportunities to take me to places I would never think of going has made combining two favorite things into a fantastically fun activity. Any 'home' station I have is just about as temporary as the ones I set up on a peak. And a final word - Chasers Rock!

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Clinton Burckhardt

I a fairly new ham operator and got my technician class in December of last year. I just recently upgraded to general a couple weeks ago and looking forward to trying it the hf bands. I enjoy the outdoors and looking forward to trying out some sota activations. I do a lot of driving in the week so free time for ham radio is on the weekend.

So far I have only been a chaser but I want to start activating. I currently have some 5watt HTs with a roll up antenna buti recently picked up a qrp hf radio and I have some portable antennas.

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Greg Letendre

Project Manager in Healthcare in Portland Oregon area.

Currently working towards achieving 100 summits 100% unique.

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I am new to SOTA but not new to backpacking and ham radio. I’m looking forward to combining the two!

I am new to SOTA so I have not activated yet although I have made contacts while participating in POTA activations. I will be using an Icom 706 in an upcoming trip the the PNW.

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Chris Keiper

I am 45 years old and I live in North Plains, OR. Hobbies that I enjoy are hiking, backpacking, and HAM radio. This is why I have interest in trying SOTA.

I have not participated in any SOTA activities yet, but my primary interest would be to activate peaks. I recently acquired an Icom IC-705 radio.

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Chris Huchel

I'm slowly activating peaks as I have time. My climbing partner, KJ7RTO and I are trying to activate as many unactivated peaks as possible.

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Kathleen Kerns

I'll fill this out later.

I'll fill this out later.

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Dave Herzberg

I consider myself a 'baby' ham as I have only been licensed since 2016. I have been working on my CW for quite some time and finally got on the air with it in March 2020. This has really opened up my opportunity to chase more SOTA. I have activated 6 summits with hope to do more. Vick, K7VK has been my great SOTA mentor, I have gained a lot of knowledge from him and been on several activations with him. I earned my Shack Sloth last December. I am located in Missoula, MT.

Mostly a chaser but have activated about 6 summits with hope to do more. Icom 7300 at home and a KX2 on the summits.

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Joey Crow Jr
W7W Kitsap

Active Duty Military. Mostly monitoring 146.52

Active chaser over 250 points. 1 summit activation.

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Dan Koellen

Retired from semiconductor industry. Like to hike so SOTA is a natural fit. Extra Class operator, originally licensed in 1973 as a novice then an advanced class (with code test). Operate mainly HF CW

Mainly an activator in Northern CA W6/NS and W6/SN. I am not a MG but fairly active with 243 activator points and 1827 chaser points (Jan 2021). Use mtr3b, kx2, trapped 20/30/40 EFHW, zip cord 20 meter dipole or EFRW. Prefer summits with great views that require a hike

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Amy Haptonstall

Licensed 2017. Enjoy portable activations. Just learning cw.

Interested in activating.

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Tim Smith

Activated my first summit in May 2020 and had a great time. SOTA is a wonderful part of the world's greatest hobby!

Activated first summit in May 2020. Gear is KX3 or MTR3B with SOTABeams linked dipole or end-fed wire antenna.

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Nicholas J Storms

I just started getting into ham radio and thought this would be a great activity to get my daughter's into radio.

I just got a yaesu ft3dr now and ordered a ft-991a and signed up to take my general next Friday. Never tried this but I have been hiking around Washington all my life.

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Ham radio operator

I have responded to 4 or 5 activations in Washington when I hear them.

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Larry Hollister

Technician license 25 years 76 years old

Chaser at 75 dont do uphill as good as I used to.

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Ron Adams

First licensed in 2013, initially just to pick up my dad's old call (W6PZA), but soon developed my own interests in the hobby. Love outdoor recreation, hiking and backpacking, so SOTA quickly became my focus. Also enjoy casual contesting and going out on county expeditions for the 7QP and CalQSO.

Semi-retired, still do some occasional consulting work. Work life was in local government, City and County land use planner in California. Now living in central Oregon and loving it!

I've been active in SOTA beginning in May 2014 with my first activation of Buckhorn Bally (W6/NW-222) near Redding, CA. Main focus is activating summits, but also chase whenever I can. While I now live in Oregon, I still serve as W6-SOTA RM for three northern regions.

I operate mainly HF-ssb mixed with some 2m-FM and digital. Hoping to learn CW - that's the plan anyway.

Radios include FT-857D, KX3 & KX2. What I take depends on the type of trip, hike, radio conditions, etc. Have an assortment of LiFePO4 batteries for power. I mostly use a Buddistick for HF antenna, but will play around with other types. Do APRS route tracking using a Yeasu FT1DX, but not every trip as it's just another thing to manage.

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Richard Headrick

Retired Aitr Traffic Controller, Ham since 1970, enjoy bicycling, camping, hiking, QRP dxing portable.

Would like to get involved ith activations. Have not yet. Like QRPand portable.

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John Reynolds
VE7 - Vancouver Island

Enjoy many things in the great outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping, SOTA & POTA.

Just getting started as I have just found these additional things to do while travelling, camping and ATVing.
I'll be using the Yaesu FT3DR with a home built 3 element portable Yagi.