In my on going quest for SOTA Goat (1000 points accumulated), I have decided to hike the Long Trail in Vermont that is 272 miles from the Massachusetts border to Canada. Along this trail are 38 SOTA summits and with a possible 209 points available.
While I only have a little over two weeks available to hike this trail, the reality is I won’t finish the trail due to time. Being a long distance hike, there is always the possibility of injury (both new and old) occurring or even just loosing interest and motivation while on the trail.
The Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States and gave inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, another very popular long distance hike. The trail has a total of 67,500 feet of elevation gain and crosses several mountain ranges that include alpine zones, ponds and lots and lots of mud.
Date: Starting date of July 6th, 2020
Blog Posting: https://www.trailjournals.com/journal/entry/628706
2020 Event Dates / July 1 (9AM Eastern) to July 7 (Midnight Eastern)
(July 1, 2020-1300 UTC to July 8, 2020-0400 UTC)
YOU DO NOT NEED ALL 13 COLONIES TO GET THE CERTIFICATE
YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET THE 2 BONUS STATIONS FOR A CLEAN SWEEP
For some reason, of all the ships that have sailed the oceans, it’s the unlucky ones that capture our imagination. Few ships have been as unlucky as the RMS Titanic, sinking as she did on the night of April 15, 1912 after raking across an iceberg on her maiden voyage, and no ship has grabbed as much popular attention as she has.
During her brief life, Titanic was not only the most elegant ship afloat but also the most technologically advanced. She boasted the latest in propulsion and navigation technology and an innovation that had only recently available: a Marconi wireless room, used both for ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communications.
The radio room of the Titanic landed on the ocean floor with the bow section of the great vessel. The 2.5-mile slow-motion free fall destroyed the structure of the room, but the gear survived relatively intact. And now, more than a century later, there’s an effort afoot to salvage that gear, with an eye toward perhaps restoring it to working condition. It’s a controversial plan, of course, but it is technologically intriguing, and it’s worth taking a look at what’s down there and why we should even bother after all these years.
Read the full article here:
ARRL Audio News – June 26, 2020
From the ARRL here is this weeks radio news podcast:
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Hello Ham Radio Operators,
One of our neighboring clubs the Uniontown ARC has cancelled their annual Grabfest event for Aug, 2020. The Uniontown club is one of the area clubs that have a club house which mean they have a lot more expenses than most clubs. Without the funds from Grabfest that is going to hurt their pocketbook. The club had already put out funds to purchase the hamfest prizes which you can see below so what they are doing for a fund raising is having a raffle to win some of these prizes. Read the news release below and contact George to buys some tickets.
From the W3PIE website: https://www.w3pie.org
To help reduce or eliminate this deficit, the membership has decided to solicit our members for donations of any amount to help defer the loss of income from cancelling the hamfest.
We have several hamfest prizes that were already purchased: Quantity 1 – Yaesu FTM-3200DR 65W VHF Fusion Mobile, Quantity 2 – Yaesu FTM-3207DR 55W UHF Fusion Mobiles, and a few other assorted items. We would like to offer an incentive to our members to donate by conducting a drawing for each of the remaining prizes to be held at the conclusion of the August 5, 2020 UARC General Business Meeting. For each dollar donated, you will receive one chance in the drawing for the available prizes. A $100 donation would receive 100 chances. A $20 donation would receive 20 chances.
Our Gabfest has long enjoyed the financial support of our members – through the purchase of prize tickets and donations toward budgetary expenses. If you would like to assist UARC in offsetting our loss for 2020 and our Gabfest cancellation, please send your donation to UARC, c/o George Syner, Treasurer, 433 Old Pittsburgh Rd, Uniontown, PA 15401.
Don’t Forget 6 Meters
Remember, Field Day is a non-adjudicated operating event and not a “full speed ahead” contest. It is also not an HF-only event — all amateur radio bands above 50 MHz may be used during the event.
This includes 6 meters, which often offers significant propagation enhancements in the summer months around Field Day weekend, to help you make contacts. The band is available to amateurs holding a Technician-class license or higher. If you have an HF/VHF/UHF multi-mode transceiver, try making contacts using 6 meters for SSB, CW, or digital contacts. You won’t need fancy beams or large antenna arrays. A simple vertical or dipole antenna will allow you to experience operating on the “Magic Band.”
From The: ARRL Field Day Site
Since Youth on the Air camp was postponed until 2021, we’ve added some BONUS events that you can do from home for 2020!
Virtual YOTA Day – Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2-8 pm EDT
Join us for a series of youth-led forums and some fun competitions that you can do from home, even if you don’t have a radio! Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 will be able to meet on Zoom for a day of learning and fun, and have a chance to win prizes! You’re not one of those selected to attend the 2020 camp? NO PROBLEM. We will also stream the Zoom meeting on our YouTube channel so you can watch and follow along at home. Learn how to track down the location of a transmitter without leaving your chair, sharpen your contesting skills, and more!
Competition prizes are graciously donated by Heil Sound.
The grand prize is donated by R&L Electronics.
Special Event Station W8Y
During the week of June 21-26, when the camp was supposed to take place, we will have a special event station on the air! Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 will take turns operating as W8Y throughout the week from the station of their choosing. Campers should sign up at YouthOnTheAir.org to be added to the schedule. Contact Marty, NN1C at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. If you were not selected as a camper for 2020, be sure to work W8Y on the air!
Field Day W8Y Remote
We will operate Field Day from a remote station. Logging will be done by remote desktop. Youth who were selected to attend YOTA camp 2020 can sign up for a time slot on the remote station provided by Jay, K4ZLE. Sign up for times at YouthOnTheAir.org. If you have questions, contact Chris KD8YVJ, at email@example.com.
Field Day Club Entry
If you choose to operate Field Day from your home station, you can add your score to a club for this year only. Enter “Youth on the Air” as the club name on your Field Day score entry. This is for ALL hams who are age 25 and younger.
ARRL Audio News – June 19, 2020
From the ARRL here is this weeks radio news podcast:
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The business meeting will be held at the club house this Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Bring your lawn chair do to the meeting being held outside in the parking lot. Please wear a mask to protect yourself and your fellow members. There will be no food served at this meeting so eat before you come.