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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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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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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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Ronald Fuller

New ham (March, 2019). I've lived in WA since 2000. Grew up mostly in CO. Served in Army Reserve and went to Afghanistan in 2004. Married with 4 kids. 2 boys have Technician class. SOTA will be a great way to have fun with 2 great hobbies.

My 2 boys and I are new hams. Both boys are Scouts and love to hike and camp. We want to activate together and work towards the mountain goat award. So far we only have HT sets, but we're looking at HF gear; leaning towards an FT-891.

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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.

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

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Joe Korpela

Licensed in about 1977. Passed Extra exam in 1988 with 21 WPM CW. Main interest QRP CW. Best; Japan on 15M CW with 1/2 watt. Hobbies amateur radio, astronomy (Celestron 9.25" SCT and Celestron NexStar5SE), hiking, camping. Home Station; Kenwood TS590SG, MFJ-949 Tuner, 160m dipole, 80M OCFD, 30M OCFD, Kenwood TMV71 with Diamond 510 vertical. SOTA / Portable; Yaesu FT817ND, Hendricks PFR3B Kit (I built it in 2017) MFJ16010 Tuner, LDG Z817 Tuner, 58 foot wire. SKCC # 7735

Mostly chasing, Some activating. Have gotten over 1000 chaser points now so starting to do more activating. I have a Yaesu FT817nD, but most activations have been done with a Hendricks PFR3B that I built a little over a year ago. HF antenna is a 35 foot random wire for the PFR, which it tunes on all bands. With the 817 I use a MFJ 16010 tuner and a 58 foot wire. That works on everything from 160 through 6 meters even though the tuner isnt meant for 6. For 2 meters I either use the 817 or a FT60 and the antenna is a dipole that can go horizontal or vertical. Ive done a half a dozen activations, mostly one pointers, but I think Im happy with my equipment list finally. Takes a while to whittle away at it and figure out what you like and what works for you.

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Jim Howell

old retired guy with new license

I've hiked the mountains all my life and I'm looking forward to taking a 20 meter rig along.

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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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Bill j

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

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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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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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SOTA makes me feel good !

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Darryl Holman

Activating summits.

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James Blake

Washington resident, avid hiker. Extra Class, Snohomish County Hams Club Training Coordinator.

Just getting started with my wife.

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Jennifer Blake

Washington native, new to amateur radio, but love to hike the PNW.

Just getting started

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Scott Ririe

Ham who loves the outdoors

Owner of Yaesu FT-817nd and Elecraft KX3

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Kim Flannagan

I got my license in 2016 and started SOTA pretty much right away...I made my first activation and first QSOs within hours of receiving my ticket.

I activate as much as possible so long as an ice ax isn't required.

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Dave Moe

Outdoors: Rivers,Mountains,Sagebrush,boat,Dog,Exercise, pedal to the
metal, appreciation of the Pacific NW, oldman Moe banging around where Chief Moses and his people once called home, its still theirs.

Exposed to SOTA first time early summer 2018, via KG7VLX ,answered his call in Idaho W7I-BC066 Thorn Butte. I have an old Kennwood 2m fm/ssb, Arrow yagi, Yaesu ft-60r, FT panel. Up in hills I go !