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Andrew Reinders

Boy Scout, long-time hiker and recent ham radio enthusiast, first activator of Oregon's Peak 2905, almost-activator of Barlow Ridge.

First activator of Peak 2905
Failed activator of Barlow Ridge
Mostly activated on 2m FM with a VX-5R and an Arrow antenna, but I'm trying out 20m CW with a Hilltopper 20 and I'm interested in building low-weight FSK decoders for the same.

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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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Greg Letendre

Project Manager in Healthcare; Wine grape grower, newly licensed in Feb 2019.

Activator; bicycle to top if possible! Day tripper for now, not hike in and camp; newbie, starting with smaller peaks. Travel between Portland and Tri-Cities WA often.

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Jennifer Blake

Washington native who loves to hike the PNW. I received my technicians license in Sept. 2018 and upgraded to general in Feb. 2019. Someday I will try for Amateur Extra, but not quite ready yet. I have yet to make any DX contacts, but hope to spend some time at the home radio this winter. As for SOTA, my goal is to become the first YL to reach mountain goat status in the W7W association. Wish me luck!

My home region is Snohomish County, but we love to spend time in Eastern Washington. With the help of my "sherpa" husband (KD7JB), I have been the 1st time activator on a few lower elevation summits in Chelan and Okanogan Counties.

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Josh Gibbs

Father of 2 teenaged sons and very active in Boy Scouts. Avid backpacker, QRP CW OP, restorer of ancient Volkswagens, dirt bike rider, computer nerd, and all around nice guy =) PNWSOTA admin and host.

I went on my first SOTA activation with Rich (AC7MA) and Bill (WA7NCL) in July 2017. I was hooked! I now have a KX2 and have been going on as many activations as my schedule will allow. I mainly do CW and sometimes 2m FM.

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Tom Sayles

Geek of many talents. Engineer. Horseman. Coach.

Would be activator.

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Will Koenig

I started doing SOTA in March 2019. I have been learning CW and using my MTRB3. I always think I can do 15 wpm, but really I need 10-12 WPM to copy well. I also use a 3 element Arrow Yagi with an Anytone 878.

I prefer off trail, by telemark/backcountry skiing when possible. My wife and daughter did Mt. Adams, and I have done about 26 peaks in the Northern Olympics. My first activation was up at Hurricaine Hill, and Mark, K7NEW, just happened to be there and saw my antenna, so helped me get started.

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Kevin Spafford
Cascades North Oregon (W7O/CN-xxx)

I am new to SOTA and am interested in getting started. I am currently studying for my General license and hope to work a few peaks before the summer is over.

I am new to SOTA and am interested in getting started. I am currently studying for my General license and hope to work a few peaks before the summer is over.

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Ham radio operator located in Central Oregon. Thinking about getting started in SOTA.

Interested in possibly becoming an activator. Enjoy casually chasing SOTA.

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James Jorgenson

Licensed in 2017 (Tech) and 2018 (General), I began hearing SOTA stations calling for contacts on 2M. After learning more, I activated two summits in 2018, and have been enjoying activating and chasing since. Appreciate all the friendly folks who activate and chase!

Enjoy activating and currently use both Yaesu FT-70DR and Elecraft KX2. Usually the Elk antenna is used for 2M/70cm, but have also used rollup j-pole, Arrow yagi, or Diamond HT whip. HF antenna is the PackTenna mini end-fed cut for 20m, and recently tried a random wire with 9:1 unun.

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Dave Martinez


TBD IC-7100

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Rebecca Henry

Cancer Survivor getting back on the trail and the air.

Activate with QRP HT. Currently using a Yaesu FT-70DR

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Larry Bever
Lower Columbia (W7W/LC-xxx)

Helped with some activation's around the Mt. St. Helen's area and farther. Just thought I should sign up and truly participate.

I guess I am a chaser so far. I have a place near Mt. St. Helen's and my radio is usually on 146.520. I am up most weekends so give me a call! With the help of NA7Q I hope to have a dedicated APRS site near Marble Mountain up this year.

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Matt Strachan
WE-WA-Washington East

I look forward to joining everyone on the air and in person in this exciting, adventurous hobby that is ever evolving.
Matt Strachan
Amateur Radio KE7EX
USAF WX (1999-2005)
Graduate, 50-Day Outdoor Leader Course, North Carolina Outward Bound School
Emergency Medical Technician NREMT #E3437527
Wilderness First Responder WMI/NOLS
Member, The Mountaineers (Seattle)
AT/PCT/PNT/CDT Section Hiker (1996-Present)

At present I am preparing to return to Washington State and look forward to portable operating in the near future. I have been a licensed amateur since 1993 (Ex: KE4DXE) and a long-distance backpacker since 1996 (having hiked half the PCT thru WA) but have yet to combine these two activities. Thanks in part to advances in ultralight gear, and in part to advances in QRP equipment, together we are exploring new territory, i.e., my most recent assembly included an FT-817 and W3FF "Buddipole;" with new developments I'm looking forward to deploying 1/4 wave verticals on 40/30/20m and portable quads for VHF, in combination with the same kit I used for long-distance section hikes, to operate CW and SSB atop some of the most remote, rugged, and scenic terrain the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 73, Matt KE7EX

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Gary Dawson

Over 40 years designing and manufacturing fine jewelry with office in downtown Eugene for client consultations. I'm also an accredited trainer for McNeel's Rhinoceros 3D CAD application. I provide private instruction and scheduled on-line webinar classes. For fun I backpack and climb mountains, fly airplanes and travel.

Yaesu FT-2900 Baofeng BF-F8HP Currently Tech privileges. This seems like a great way to combine two fun activities.

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Jeff Phillips

New sota activator. Caught the bug.

Ssb activator for now.

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Jeff Lindberg

New HAM and love the outdoors. Hiking and camping in the Mt Hood National Forest.

Looking to activate new summits in my area. UV-50 and a J-pole on 2m/70cm to start.

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David Failla

See my QRZ page

I like to activate summits in the Olympics.