Amateur Radio Fun in the Colorado Mountains
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Amateur Radio operators from around Colorado will be climbing many of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains and SOTA summits 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 portable radios. Stations running high power need to keep in mind that they can interfere with stations they cannot hear.
Starting in 2012, Summits on The Air (SOTA) is part of this event. This means there are over 1500 summits that you can activate in Colorado, with a wide variety of hiking difficulty. This opens up the event to a lot more people and a lot more summits. See the new SOTA page.
Radio operators with 14er climbing experience who plan to activate a summit should log their name and intended peak at the Ham14er Yahoo group. This is also the email list for discussing the event and asking questions.
Classic 14er Video! From 2008
and another classic from 2009