Black Hills Amateur Radio Club

Summits on the Air

We have a small but active group that has recently embraced the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.  The BHARC is located in prime SOTA territory.  There are 191 approved peaks in western South Dakota and the South Dakota - Wyoming Black Hills.  Most of our peaks are easily accessible.  The highest peak in the Black Hills is 7242 feet above sea level.  
SOTA Info Summits on the Air is an international program based in England.  It’s designed for those who want to operate outdoors from summits, and… those who talk to those on the summits, and even short wave listeners.  For more information on the program please see the SOTA website.  Our local association is W0D for North and South Dakota.
W0BLK

Recent Activations

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Awards

Ken, W0SEB - Ken qualified for the 500 point chaser

certificate.  He used a number of CW contacts since SSB

seems to be hard to copy here in western SD.

Cowboy Hill, W0D/BB-112

Ryan, KE0LXT, completed his first activation ever on Cowboy Hill on Sunday, October 22nd.  He did it the hard way with only VHF FM contacts using an HT and a home brewed Yagi.

5110A, W0D/NW-028

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, headed up “5110A” to the west of Vanocker Canyon Road on Sunday, October 22nd.  The lugged up the 100W rig since there were two to carry the weight.  They managed 105 unique contacts on 20m and 40m.  Only the approaching sunset cut the activation short.  The farthest contact this trip was to a chaser in Italy.

5321, W0D/NW-036

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, made the hike up 5321, just to the north of Nemo, on Saturday, October 28th.  After correcting an equipment problem, they managed just a handful of contacts on 40m.  20m was crazily busy with the CQ QSO party.  The 20m band was wide open, but conditions were difficult on 40m.

Spearfish Peak, W0D/NW-022

Ryan, KE0LXT/AG, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up Spearfish Peak on November 4th.  It was Ryan’s first activation as a general, having passed the test in the morning.  There was about 2 inches of snow.  Fortunately, there was a trail to the top.  In the trail were some interesting tracks that look suspiciously like a mountain lion. Together they made about 52 unique contacts before packing up to avoid a snow shower. 

6361, W0D/BB-039

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up “6361” on November 10th.  It was about a mile hike up a closed logging road in about 3 inches of snow.  Conditions were better at the top.  The pair made over 20 contacts on both 20m and 40m. 
Don, K0DAJ - Don qualified for the 250 point activator certificate with the activation of peak 6361.  Don has also qualified for the 100 point chaser award.

4027, W0D/NW-048

Don, K0DAJ, hiked up “4027”, a ridge just to the west of the Alkali Creek campground on December 3rd.  The weather was great, with temperatures in the 50s.  He managed 25 contacts using 10 watts into an Alex Loop.  Three were to other summits in Maine, North Carolina, and Georgia.  

5889, W0D/BB-015

Ryan, KE0LXT, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up “5889”, a high point on the Centennial Trail about a mile north of Highway 16 on November 24th.  The weather was great for late November, although it began a bit windy. They made 51 contacts.

Silver Mountain, W0D/BB-077

Ryan, KE0LXT, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up Silver Mountain on November 26th.  Silver Mountain is the peak just west of Rockerville on Highway 16 that was burned over in 2002.  The weather was great as were the views.  The made a total of 66 unique contacts.  

Summits on the Air

We have a small but active group that has recently embraced the Summits on the Air (SOTA) program.  The BHARC is located in prime SOTA territory.  There are 191 approved peaks in western South Dakota and the South Dakota - Wyoming Black Hills.  Most of our peaks are easily accessible.  The highest peak in the Black Hills is 7242 feet above sea level.  
SOTA Info Summits on the Air is an international program based in England.  It’s designed for those who want to operate outdoors from summits, and… those who talk to those on the summits, and even short wave listeners.  For more information on the program please see the SOTA website Our local association is W0D for North and South Dakota.
W0BLK

Recent Activations

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Awards

Ken, W0SEB - Ken qualified for the 500 point chaser

certificate.  He used a number of CW contacts since SSB

seems to be hard to copy here in western SD.

Don, K0DAJ - Don qualified for the 250 point activator certificate with the activation of peak 6361.  Don has also qualified for the 100 point chaser award.

Cowboy Hill, W0D/BB-112

Ryan, KE0LXT, completed his first activation ever on Cowboy Hill on Sunday, October 22nd.  He did it the hard way with only VHF FM contacts using an HT and a home brewed Yagi.

5321, W0D/NW-036

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, made the hike up 5321, just to the north of Nemo, on Saturday, October 28th.  After correcting an equipment problem, they managed just a handful of contacts on 40m.  20m was crazily busy with the CQ QSO party.  The 20m band was wide open, but conditions were difficult on 40m.

Spearfish Peak, W0D/NW-022

Ryan, KE0LXT/AG, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up Spearfish Peak on November 4th.  It was Ryan’s first activation as a general, having passed the test in the morning.  There was about 2 inches of snow.  Fortunately, there was a trail to the top.  In the trail were some interesting tracks that look suspiciously like a mountain lion. Together they made about 52 unique contacts before packing up to avoid a snow shower. 

6361, W0D/BB-039

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up “6361” on November 10th.  It was about a mile hike up a closed logging road in about 3 inches of snow.  Conditions were better at the top.  The pair made over 20 contacts on both 20m and 40m. 

5889, W0D/BB-015

Ryan, KE0LXT, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up “5889”, a high point on the Centennial Trail about a mile north of Highway 16 on November 24th.  The weather was great for late November, although it began a bit windy. They made 51 contacts.

Silver Mountain, W0D/BB-077

Ryan, KE0LXT, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up Silver Mountain on November 26th.  Silver Mountain is the peak just west of Rockerville on Highway 16 that was burned over in 2002.  The weather was great as were the views.  They made a total of 66 unique contacts.  

4027, W0D/NW-048

Don, K0DAJ, hiked up “4027”, a ridge just to the west of the Alkali Creek campground on December 3rd.  The weather was great, with temperatures in the 50s.  He managed 25 contacts using 10 watts into an Alex Loop.  Three were to other summits in Maine, North Carolina, and Georgia.