|Here is a selfie of us both on the TTR50. Colten is driving
Here is some information on the summits that I have activated in Capital State Forest over the last few months, all but one of these (Larch Mountain) were previously unactivated:
|Here is my information from W7W/SO-103. Probably easiest to come in from the West off of the highway. Road was quite muddy the days I was up there from all the logging traffic.
Rig Setup - Elecraft KX1with KXB3080 30/80 meter module, and KXAT1 Internal tuner, 41' Random Wire sloping to 16' fishing pole with 16' counter poise, 6x AA batteries in KX1 (1 watt), KXPD1 Plug in keyer paddle for KX1. I also had with me 2x 9 volt batteries for backup. I have found that these will put out about 1.5 watts if I use them. I like the simplicity of using the AA batteries in the radio! Oh and a TTR50 Yamaha motorcycle which helped me to the summit...but now the final approach:) I think that it is about time that I get a 4-wheeler. Sure do like the looks of those Yamaha Grizzlies!
GPS Tracks (Everytrail) Not actual trip this time but a accurate depiction of the route taken: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=3060175
Here are some links / tools that I use to help me out with my activations. I know that I post these often but I continue to add to the list:
http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/draw/ - This is a link that you can draw a track on a map and then download the gpx file to use in your gps. This will also give you distance for factoring into your activation
http://www.qwj.de/ - I am sure that others use the Adventure MapView for other Radio related but I like the additional map types that this has over the NA SOTA mapping.
http://www.runningmap.com/beta/ - Here is another option for checking distance.
NOHRSC Interactive Snow Map - Here in the northwest it is nice to know what the snow levels are looking like. I like to use this when heading to the higher summits.
http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html - Most of us are pretty good at guaging how tough a hike is going to be but this is a neat little tool to evaluate distance and elevation gain and give you an idea for how steep it will be.
http://www.geocaching.com/ - I have said this before but I like to use these maps. Try going to Play --> View Geocache maps. Use the default Mapquest OSM map and you can see the summits on there. If you see a named summit with a geocache on the top of it check it out in the SOTA database. If there is a geocache on the top then there probably is a way to the summit. Check the cache page as sometimes it gives you directions.
Google Earth - I recently have started to use this and like to draw routes and check out elevation profiles etc. The manipulation of maps with google earth is pretty cool. I am just starting to learn google earth and I know that I have a lot to learn.
http://www.sotamaps.org/ - Of course you can forget about SOTA maps. I like the filters the best on here. Also if you are spending the day chasing, which I don't do much of anymore, you can see the summits that are spotting recently.
http://www.everytrail.com/ - I used to like this more when the app worked on my iphone. It would update my whole trip onto the computer and have a cool layout to see pictures elevation etc. This all went away with an update but the website still works. This is a good place where I can upload my gps tracks for all to download though.
http://peakbagger.com/Default.aspx - Great website but usually only has the more popular bagger peaks and some of these are very difficult climbs...but others are very easy. Downloadable gps tracks from many users also. I look here to see if descriptions / tracks are available.
http://www.wta.org/ - A great site for hikes in Washington state! I like to read the most recent trip reports here and see if it is something that may interest me. Get good local and recent information on trails.
http://www.heywhatsthat.com/profiler.html - Interested in a line of site for possible VHF S2S. Check here and see what it says!
http://www.pnwsota.org/ - If you do a PNW... or in the area SOTA upload a blog here and it will automatically populate to the SOTA summit page! or look here for some information on what has been done in the area recently.
Ok I am sure that I am missing some things but hopefully this list will help someone out with something that they were looking for...
I have a question for those that make it this far in the blog; How can I upload my GPS tracks to the SOTA mapping page. I see that it is possible but it just wont work for me.
If you find this information informative please leave me a message. I like to hear who is looking at my blogs...if you are going to be in my neck of the woods shoot me an email and let me know. I may join you or try to have the HT ready for a contact. Thanks again for reading.