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Kathleen Kerns

I'll fill this out later.

I'll fill this out later.

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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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bill hulley

Though being on, and around, mountains is just about my favorite way to spend time, I am new to SOTA.

Licensed (extra) in 2016, mostly to do QRP and build RF gear. One way I satisfy my need for mountain time is providing radio support for wilderness ultras; SOTA will give me another. My primary rig is the FT817. I also carry a VX-8DR. I use a variety of wire antennas for HF and a yagi for 2M. I am still a phone and digital operator though I am learning CW. I will stick to chasing, mostly, until I learn the ropes.

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Spencer Giles

Very new to Ham but lifelong avid outdoorsman. Primarily ultralight backpacking, climbing, skiing, and cycling.

I have only activated on VHF 146.58 so far on Mount Sylvania. Talked to K7ATN today who let me know about this website. I am wanting to get more active. Considering a very lightweight CW QRP setup once I learn CW.

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Ron Schlitzkus

I am 72 and retired. I have been a ham sense High School in 1965. I enjoy working SSB, CW, and FT8. Three months ago I got interest in SOTA. I am a VE and have been running the Dallas Oregon VE testing.

I have been chasing for the past Five months. I currently have 400+ unique summits logged. I have activated 5 summits so far. I already have a KX3. With Troy (KF7SEY) has been helping me put together a go back. I have a EFHW antenna thanks to K7BHB, just finished a Slim Jim J-pole for 2m/70cm and just finished a Linked Dipole.

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John Nielsen

Newer to ham radio, been outdoors-man for many year. Now would like to tie the two together.

Just starting out. Only have handheld for now, looking at mobile stations.

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Patrick Grundle

Obtained my license some time ago but one thing lead to another and I was away from Ham for many many years. Now I want to combine Amateur radio with another passion hiking. SOTA is it.

Have yet to activate my first peak.

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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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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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Steve Schenk

Introduced to amateur radio in the Fall of 2018, I’m a relative newcomer to the hobby and have jumped in with both feet. My current interests include CW, QRP and SOTA, though I haven’t yet activated any summits. Hopefully that changes soon!

I haven’t activated yet, but I have two rigs—a QCX 40m and an FT-818 for CW in addition to a Yaesu HT + roll-up j-pole that I will use for FM activations. I do like trail running so intend to keep my pack nice and light.

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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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Andrew Reinders

Boy Scout, long-time hiker and recent ham radio enthusiast, security researcher @ Intel.

CW and FM operator, mostly 20 and 2 meters. Interested in 2m distance and long distance 20m. Big on volcanoes and pretty views. Based in Portland, but I'm in Seattle enough to activate up there from time to time. I'm a fan of building kits and convincing people to join SOTA.

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David O

Just started in the HAM world here earlier this year. Interested in SOTA, AMSAT and just learning about everything this hobby has to offer.

As the weather is getting nicer and the snow is melting away, my goal is to hit as many local area summits this year and expand my knowledge of my gear and HAM radio

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George McKee
WM7 Montana

I am a newly licensed ham and a late bloomer to the sport. I'm 64 years old and have a great love for hiking and the outdoors. The SOTA activities are icing on the cake as they combine both mt interests into one activity.

I like to activate summits and for now, only have a Yaesu FT2D handheld at 5 watts. I have a portable 4 element yagi antenna for 2 meters and have received good signals up to 91 miles so far. I only use 2 meter FM for now but am looking at getting other equipment soon. I'm in rural Montana so there are few that know of the sport. Makes it more challenging to activate.

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Earl Boaz

Long time on again-off again ham. Very casual operator. Father, grandfather, husband, pinata. Gardener, hunter.

Ft 817, several different antenna possibilities. Would like to chase and activate, perhaps meet with others operators for coffee.

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Tom Sayles

Geek of many talents. Engineer. Horseman. Coach.

Would be activator.

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Jason Martin


Primarily a chaser for now as my HF rig is not really portable (yet!).

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Michael "Shayne" Rowan

Just getting started in Ham Radio but I am an Eagle Scout and was a Scoutmaster for 10 years.

As I get gear I will want to summit around here and maybe else where.

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Activate, Chase, Currently only using a UV5R with a 42" Abbree foldable antenna. Looking to upgrade from Tech to Gen soon and get and elecraft KX2 and start really experimenting with antennas.