I am getting ready for the Colorado 14er Event tomorrow morning. Here’s the brief description from the www.14er.org web site:
Amateur Radio Fun in the Colorado Mountains
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Amateur Radio operators from around Colorado will be climbing many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains to set up amateur radio stations in an effort to communicate with other radio amateurs across the state and around the world. Join in on the fun on the Sunday of the first full weekend in August and see how many of the mountaintop stations you can contact. The prime operating hours are from approximately 9 AM to noon local time (1500 to 1800 UTC), but activity may occur at other times during the day. Most mountaintop stations will be running low power handheld radios. Stations running high power need to keep in mind that they can interfere with stations they cannot hear.
Radio operators with 14er climbing experience who plan to climb a 14er should log their name and intended peak at the HAM 14er Yahoo group.
Joyce K0JJW and I will be heading up Mount Antero, taking the Jeep as far as we can and then hiking the rest of the way. It should be fun!
There will be a crew of Boy Scouts on Pikes Peak, using club call sign KB0SA, so look for them.
You don’t have to be on a mountaintop to play in this event. Here are a few options:
- See who you can work from home on 2 Meter FM and 70 cm Meter FM. The frequencies are listed on 14er.org.
- Operate from a high spot that is line of site to the 14er summits. For example, Wilkerson Pass (west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24) is a great spot. Harder to get to but even better would be Mosquito Pass or Weston Pass. Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is another great drive-to location.
- Work the 14ers on HF. Many of the 14er stations will be up and running on HF and there is usually a pileup of stations wanting to work them. The Goat Hiker crew WG0AT will be out in full force on Handies Peak, likely using N0B special event call sign.
See you on the air!
73, Bob K0NR