The Station

Currently I operate an Elecraft K3 – mostly in the digital modes. I finished off the interior of a tool shed and use it as a radio shack. It doubles as a clean tool shed and a music studio. For antennas I use a multiband doublet that is resonate on 40m. It is up about 40 feet in the trees around the shack. I also have a full-sized 20m rotatable dipole, a 10m rotatable dipole and a Comet CX-333 vertical for 2m and 70cm. There is a map of the rest of the gear below.

Using Boot Camp on a vintage iMac, I run Windows 8.1 native. I use the Ham Radio Deluxe suite including Digital Master 780 as a digital interface via an Xonar U4 external soundcard.

The SOTA station incorporates an Elecraft KX2 with a Bioenno 3AH external battery. My main SOTA antenna is a home brew 20 AWG zip cord doublet that is resonate on 20m. I also carry a PackTenna end-fed random wire antenna for quick deployment in tough conditions. For 2m and 70cm I use a Kenwood TH-F6a and a roll-up Slim Jim. Antennas are supported with a Goture 24′ carbon fiber fishing pole.

Latest Posts

Mount Lukens

In preparation for our second leg of The John Muir Trail next week, I pick a strenuous hike.

Mount Hooper

By far the most challenging SOTA activation to date is part of a five day backpack trip kicking off our attempt of the entire John Muir Trail

Peak 9,691′

A warm-up hike for the John Muir Trail leads me to activate summit 9,691′ for the first time


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Current operating position at KG6MZS.

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