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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 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 IC-705 & 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 FT5DR, but not every trip as it's just another thing to manage.

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Kevin Stanton

New to ham radio in 2021.

None so far

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Alan Arnold

I've been a licensed Ham for about 12 years and love being in the PNW! I am a member of the Clark County Amateur Radio Club as well as our local ARES group. I am retired now but worked in various not-for-profit organizations. I am long-time married and we have three children and six grandchildren.

I'm relatively new to the PNW and to SOTA. My primary activity will be in chasing since my days of summitting mountains seem to be behind me. Looking forward to being involved in this aspect of our hobby!

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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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Former SOTA Association Manager for W7-Oregon, W7-Utah, W7-Montana, W7-Wyoming, and W7-Nevada. Completed all SOTA docs for W7-Washington and then turned over to Bruce/N7RR for execution. W7W subsequently managed by WW7D. Recently turned over W7-Idaho to Scott/W7IMC. W7O is now managed by K7ATN. Worked for the SOTA MT to incorporate NA into the SOTA family.

Currently retired as a EE and worked 21 yrs for UPS IT in NJ. "Trying" to sell my house in NJ so I can move back to the Pacific NW.


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John Trefethen

I enjoy packing my gear into the high country, making contacts from summits, hunting, and activating parks throughout the SOTA & POTA networks.

My family and I live between two beautiful properties, one in San Juan County and the other in Whatcom County. We keep a small farm, and we're made up of a family of five "humans being" with creation and the inhabitants of this land. Our homestead is comprised of roughly 10 acres of wooded grassland. The property is situated on a three percent slope with total southern exposure. You can learn more about us at and Instagram.

In my free time, I enjoy exploring light as it gets captured through the lens of my camera. I am interested in investigating ideas through photography and designing for our challenges in the ophthalmic industry. You can learn more about my work at | you can also connect with me on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Equipment -- IC-705, KX2, KH1, IC-7300, IC-5100, ID-52. (all barefoot) | HF Antennas -- Hexbeam 20M and up & EFHF 130' length, Sloper configuration | VHF/UHF Antennas -- Cubical Quad and Vertical 9' Commet.

I love getting into the very high cascades and taking challenging overnight treks into the wilderness.

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Jarod Eells

Portland-area software engineer for the last 29 years.
Recently, got back in to ham radio after a decade or so lapse.
Interested in homebrewing circuits and trying out new antenna ideas.
Know enough CW to chase SOTA/POTA.

Just getting started with SOTA. Was able chase a few contacts last week. I enjoy backpacking, camping and now combining that with ham radio.

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Kathleen Kerns

I'll fill this out later.

I'll fill this out later.

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Amy Haptonstall

Licensed 2017. Enjoy portable activations. Just learning cw.

Interested in activating.

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Chris Johannsen

I'm a reforming software engineer, trying to return to the infrastructure and network engineering world. Been tinkering with electronics/arduino/RasberryPi on and off for a while.

Started watching Ham Radio Crash Course and got hooked on the idea of SOTA/POTA. Been reading/watching lots of youtube on the subject.

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Ken Milnes

Long time ham interested in SSB, FT8, POTA and SOTA

Hiking and activating

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Nick Smith

first licensed in 2020. I've been in construction all my life. The outdoors have always been my goto to reset. My dogs keep me tethered to day trips or an occasional overnighter. TX500 EFHW FT3D 5/8 tele whip and QuadZilla

drive ups hike ups snow shoes on the weekends. I use WE4DX club call typically.

Let's Goooooooooooat 8^P

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Will Koenig

I started doing SOTA in March 2019. I have been learning CW and using my MTRB3. I completed CW Academy, level 2 in Jan/Feb 2020, and I am enjoying CW. I also use a 3 element Arrow Yagi with an Anytone 878.

I work as a flight nurse in Port Angeles. I work 24 hours on/24 hours off, so I mostly go for day hikes (some long days, hiking down in the dark).

I prefer off trail, by telemark/backcountry skiing when possible. My wife and daughter activated Mt. Adams, and I have done about 50 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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Jeff Cowan

Ham'd up in 2022 with a General and looking to explore POTA and SOTA in the PNW. Extra in 2023.

Been active since the start of 2023 with over 300 points invested in summits in Oregon, Washington and California, and growing! I love operating QRP with a Xiegu X6100 and a 41' random wire antenna into a 9:1 unun. It's a very versatile setup. Happy to activate with newcomers or experienced operators!

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Justin Rohrer

I am a fairly new ham, and I enjoy getting out when I have time.

I will probably do mostly activations, although chasing might be fun sometimes. I currently have a Yaesu FT-70D, but am looking to buy an Anytone 878 and either an Anytone 578 or Motorola Mototrbo mobile. I am looking to use a roll-up jpole antenna and maybe power my mobile radios off my Milwaukee batteries.

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Jim Ladd

Just getting started with SOTA! Can send / receive Morse code.. *slowly*. Despite being pokey, still loving the challenge of making contacts.. and of getting to be a shack sloth, too!

Recent SOTA activities:
- Enjoy chasing at home with 2m/20m/40m.
- Have activated two summits so far. Used homebrew inverted-V first time and buddipole second time (the latter being much heavier!)

Just getting started with SOTA. NA7EE and W7ETF have been helping show me the ropes!
- Enjoy chasing at home with 2m/20m/40m.
- Have activated two summits so far. Used homebrew inverted-V first time and buddipole second time (the latter being much heavier!)

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Bill Skerjanc

I run Ultratrail races as another hobby and am always near summits when I am training. I received my General License in September and stumbled upon SOTA and thought that it would be great to combine the training with summitting.

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Have participated in two Soto’s & have enjoyed same.

I have only been a spectator and the activator.

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Scott Reiff

Licensed since early 90's, only active on HF past few years. Love operating POTA and exploring back roads in the PNW!

Tell your dog I said hi!

Love the thrill of long distance VHF QRP

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Leigh Marble

Software developer, audio tech, musician. Lover of dogs and donuts.

Hiking and activating is my primary interest, preferably in remote areas. Have activated W7O/WV-095 (Mt Scott) by VHF HT, but my interest going forward is wilderness activation with a portable digital rig.