We rounded up the usual collection of suspects to operate from Pikes Peak in the Colorado 14er Event. Our crew included me, Joyce K0JJW, Ken WA6TTY, Stephen KZ0Q, Steve KD0BIM, Stan WA0Z and Matt KC0LBA.
Since Pikes is a “drive up” mountain in an event where most radio operators hike in, we tried to compensate by covering as many bands as possible. We had 4 stations on the air:
- 2M FM
- 50 MHz (mostly SSB, some FM)
- 222 MHz FM, 440 MHz FM
- HF (20 Meters – Mostly SSB, some CW)
This had to be the best weather for the event in years, with no one reporting being chased off the summit by approaching storms. This is odd considering the stormy weather patterns we have seen this year.
Most of the 2M FM contacts used callsign KD0BIM, everything else used the club callsign K0YB.
Summary of Pikes Peak Log:
Band QSOs 14ers Comments 146 MHz 83 13 Best DX: K4S Mt Sunflower and N0KQY in Kansas
50 MHz 21 1 Only 14er: KQ6EE on Elbert
222 MHz 3 1 Only 14er: KQ6EE on Elbert
440 MHz 7 3
HF (20M) 17 1 Only 14er: N0B on Humboldt
Total: 131 13
We operated for about 4 hours, averaging about one QSO every 1.8 minutes. Pretty good rate for this event, based on past experience.
We clearly missed some of the 14ers that were on the air. Based on my count, there were 16 summits activated during the event:
Elbert, Massive, Grays, Antero, Torreys, Quandary, Evans, Princeton, Yale, Bross, Pikes, Humboldt, Bierstadt, Redcloud, San Luis, Huron
Thanks to everyone that came out for the event!
73, Bob K0NR