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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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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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Brad Jenkins
Portland Oregon

Hello. I'm a new Ham technician interested in all things CW and Qrp.

I'd love to activate.

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Ronald Fuller


getting started

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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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New ham, new to SOTA, but hooked already.

Learning ham radio through SOTA. Picked up a second hand FT-817ND that is my main rig at home and summit. Looking forward to a summer of SOTA.

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Jim Furubotten
Olympic Penninsula, Washington state.

Retired forester. New ham, technician.

New to SOTA. I enjoy geocaching, so these two should be a blast.

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Bill j

Hope to do bicycle activations. Did my first 8 miles from my home.

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Steve Schenk

Born, raised & educated in the Midwest, I was drawn to the mild PNW climate and moved to Seattle in 2009. Only recently started getting into amateur radio at the recommendation of a friend/coworker (K7PJP). Looking forward to getting involved with SOTA!

So far, I've only had a couple of attempts to activate and have done a fair amount of chasing from home. I'm currently learning CW and hope to get more into activating in 2020.

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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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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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JP Fogarty

Casual hiker, casual ham.

I hold a tech license and primarily use 2M simplex for SOTA activations.

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Kyle W Tecmire

I am new to Ham Radio. I received my General license in September 2018. I have been a communications technician for the Air National Guard for 16 years. I work there as a traditional guardsman. I work full time as a Firefighter/EMT. I just purchased my first HF radio. I am having a blast with it! I am running an Icom IC-706 MK2G with an end-fed antenna, it's powered by a lithium-ion drill battery. I enjoy the outdoors and have had fun taking HAM radio with me to places where I am miles from cell phone coverage!

No SOTA activations yet. I have climbed Mt Shasta

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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 12 WPM or less to copy much more than a standard SOTA exchange. 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 40+ 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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Andrew Meier

Licensed since 1979, portable CW enthusiast.

I have not yet performed a formal SOTA activation. When I operated on Marys Peak for Field Day, I used a K2 and K1, both on battery power, using hamsticks for antennas.

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Jeff Phillips

New sota activator. Caught the bug.

Ssb activator for now.

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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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Joel Haney

Husband and Father enjoying ham radio

Just getting started in SOTA so most of my contacts will be via VHF for a while.

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James Martin

New to ham and interested in SOTA activities. Activating and chasing, starting with chasing to learn. I am currently a tech, studying for general. I live in the foothills of Mt. Hood, in Sandy Oregon.

I am new and wish to join this website to connect with and learn from local SOTA participants. Hope to make new summits and chase soon!

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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.