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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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Tim Sherry

Mountaineer / cyclist

SOTA by bike, ski, foot, and truck.

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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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Greg Letendre

Project Manager in Healthcare in Portland Oregon area.

Currently working towards achieving 100 summits 100% unique.

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Kevin Stanton

New to ham radio.

None so far

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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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Jeff Langford

As an electronics hobbyist and long time computer affectionado, ham radio is just adding to the pile of my techno geek passions! I spent over 28 years working for Microsoft and love to travel the world as much as I can. Ham radio allows me to do that on a daily basis.

Another passion of mine is making beer. I've been an avid homebrewer for more than thirty years and make at least one batch of beer every month. If you are in the area, let me know as I always enjoy sharing my passions...

Active spotter and activator in the W7W and W7O areas. I love hiking with my son, backpacking, camping, and ragchewing.

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Might try some sota

New to sota

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Lew Nunnelley
Pacific NW

licensed since 1987. Like QRP. Poor CW op.

None yet

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Andrew Watson

Originally licenced in the UK as G7VBV, I have lived and had an amateur radio licence here in the US for 25 years. My kids have grown up and have gone their merry ways, so over the last year I've become active again. I like PSK31, Olivia and Thor, but make plenty of contacts on SSB. I am a member of Lake Oswego ARES.

I'm just starting out. I want to connect my hobbies of getting out into the mountains with amateur radio.

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Olli Wanzek

Brand new General have yet to do an activation but when I do I’ll post it here.

2m Fm till I get a new radio.

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Steve Mena

Just getting started with SOTA!

Using an FT-181. No summits yet

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Kathleen Kerns

I'll fill this out later.

I'll fill this out later.

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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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Amy Haptonstall

Licensed 2017. Enjoy portable activations. Just learning cw.

Interested in activating.

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Wannabe activator. Tried unsuccessfully to activate 5379 Intermediate Frequency Peak last fall. Just picked up an FT-817ND and looking forward to getting back out and trying again.

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Bill j

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

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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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Summits on the air, Ninja wannabe.

I do as much as I can. Working toward double goat greatness.

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Bill Wylie

Extra class. Member of Marion Co. Oregon ARES and Salem CERT.

I like to hike and have KX2 and FT 817 radios. I’m new this o SOTA.