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Bryan Estes

Originally from north Idaho, I've been living in the Portland area since 2009. I teach computer science and woodworking at Corbett High School.

Just getting into SOTA and CW. Looking to combine ADV motorcycle hobby with radio operations. I have an Elecraft KX3 and homebrew antennas.

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Amy Haptonstall

Licensed 2017. Enjoy portable activations. Just learning cw.

Interested in activating.

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Wayne Courtain

New to Ham and the POTA and SOTA programs are primarily responsible for getting me to test and become licensed. I live in Ontario and Lakeside, Oregon for most of the year. I winter in Arizona.

Retired and loving life!

Being new to HAM, I've jumped in with both feet. I purchased all new ICOM radios, IC-7300, IC-705 and the ID-4100. I am currently on two Search and Rescue teams and primarily do technical rescue operations. I am an avid motorcycle rider and spend much time camping.

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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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Jeff Cowan

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

Been active since the start of 2023 with over 100 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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Scott Harris

Activating SOTA summits since 2017 and still loving every minute (day) of it!

Typically working local peaks within 50-75 miles of my home. Have now activated peaks in Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Idaho. You can find me on VHF-fm (5 watts) and HF-ssb (10 watts).

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brian boschma
W6 along the north coast as well as the Sierra's and Calif/Or border region.

I live in the SF Bay area. Operate on the occasional SOTA peak. Several local SOTA summits are on my regular trail bike routes making them easy to activate.

See Sota website for summit info and search by call sign.

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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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Greg Letendre

Project Manager in Healthcare in Portland Oregon area.
Formerly KJ7EHA.

Currently working towards achieving 200 summits 100% unique.
Formerly KJ7EHA.

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Jason Conolly

Extra class ham with interests in ARES, mesh networking, SOTA, POTA, overlanding and other outdoor activities.

Activating and chasing.
Using a TX-500 QRP radio with an EFHW antenna for HF.

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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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Jarod Eells

Portland-area software engineer for the last 27 years.
Recently, got back in to ham radio after a decade or so lapse.
Interested in homebrewing circuits and trying out new antenna ideas.

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

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Kim Owen

PCT and CDT backpacker. Mostly a POTA guy now, but hope to get a few SOTA activations.

No activations yet, but enjoy chasing sota activations.

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bill hulley

Being in the mountains is just about my favorite way to spend time.

When I am not carrying a radio into the woods to do SOTA or support a wilderness ultra, I like to build RF gear of all sorts. I pick SOTA summits for the challenge or hike rather than the points and when I am out I really enjoy chasing other SOTA ops for S2S points.

My primary rigs are the KX2 and FT2D. I generally use endfed antennas for HF and a half-wave whip or beam for VHF/UHF. I mostly work CW on HF and FM voice on 2M.

In 2021, I put together the first Pacific Northwest Not-Quite-Fourteener to coincide with the Ham14er and Socal SOTAFest. It turned out pretty well, with more than a dozen W7W and W7O ops getting out and making a bunch of S2S contacts.

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Katherine Maack

I'm a software engineer, democratic socialist, living kidney donor, bicycle rider, backpacker, pilgrim, and now a ham radio operator. I received my callsign on 25 October 2022.

I am a new ham and I have activated a small handful of times in Oregon and Southern Washington. My default radio is the Explorer QRZ-1 I received in QRZ's free new ham package. Everything is exciting right now because i'm newer and still getting used to doing anything over radio.

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Amy Boyle

Hi! I’ve been active in HAM radio and SOTA as of January 2023. Excited to have a reason to get in more exploration of the state, learn more about radio and meet like minded folks at the same time. My call sign used to belong to my grandmother.

Only done peak activations so far, as I am only able to have a handheld at home and not been able to chase successfully yet.

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Bill j

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

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Corey Christianson

First licensed in 1983, I have lived in the Columbia River Gorge for 11 years.

Getting in shape and looking forward to getting started. I have a Xiegu G-90 and am looking to get something a little more compact.

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Leah Ives

Casual amateur trying to get back in to the hobby without a decent home station. Mostly active VHF/UHF mobile or portable, HF QRP while camping (and hopefully activating summits when I figure this all out).

Interested, but not yet active, in SOTA -- not a climber so I don't expect to activate "exciting" summits but I do enjoy hiking and incorporating radio in to that seems fun. I've made a couple of VHF contacts with SOTA folks that I happened to hear on the air, but haven't "chased."

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Darryl Holman

Activating summits.