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.
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Recent Activations

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Awards

Ken, W0SEB - Ken qualified for the Shack Sloth 1000 point

chaser certificate.  This is the premier award for SOTA

chasing.  It took 13 months  of effort to earn the award.

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

Commissary Point, W0D/BB-097

Ryan, KE0LXT, Brianne, Ralph W0OF(?), and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up Commissary Point, the high point of the ridge on the south side of Rapid Creek near Buzzard’s Roost.  It was a beautiful day on the 9th of December with temperatures reaching the 60s.  They made over 40 contacts on 20m and 2m.  Contacts came rapidly with sometimes 4 or 5 stations at the same time.  With two to carry the weight, it’s a real advantage to be able to use the 100w rig.  The number of contacts is usually about double the number made with the 10w radio.  

3955, W0D/NW-051

Dustin, W2EMA, and Don, K0DAJ, made the trek up 3955, an unnamed hill just to the east of Sturgis, on March 3rd.  The original plan was to hike up the trail on the north side, but snow forced them to approach from the south.  Snow here was only a foot and a half deep, at least in some places.  They managed to make it to the top and set up the Packtenna dipole and a Yaesu 857D.  Most contacts were on 40m.  Band conditions were quite good, but 20m was overly busy with the ARRL DX contest.  A few contacts were made on this band, before giving up after hearing a French station wanting to use the frequency.  

Veteran’s Peak, W0D/NW-035

Bob, W0RE, and Don, K0DAJ, made the trek up Veteran’s Peak on April 21st.  A snow drift across the road proved that winter wasn’t quite over and caused a longer hike in.  The weather was nice, however, with temperatures on the 50s and sunshine.  They made a total of 36 contacts, including several to other summits.  These put Don over the 250 point threshold for chasing.  This was Bob’s second summit activation.  

Elk Mountain High Point, W0D/BB-018

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, made the trek up Elk Mountain, a high point on a butte just east of Newcastle, on March 30th.  A snow drift across the road resulted in a ¾ mile hike in.  Conditions were good.  Don made 28 contacts, including one with an operator in Germany.  Ken made 35 CW contacts and 4 on SSB.  It was a good day, except for the wind.  Temperatures didn’t get above freezing until about half way through the morning.  

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 Shack Sloth 1000 point

chaser certificate.  This is the premier award for SOTA

chasing.  It took 13 months  of effort to earn the award.

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

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.  

Commissary Point, W0D/BB-097

Ryan, KE0LXT, Brianne, Ralph W0OF(?), and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up Commissary Point, the high point of the ridge on the south side of Rapid Creek near Buzzard’s Roost.  It was a beautiful day on the 9th of December with temperatures reaching the 60s.  They made over 40 contacts on 20m and 2m.  Contacts came rapidly with sometimes 4 or 5 stations at the same time.  With two to carry the weight, it’s a real advantage to be able to use the 100w rig.  The number of contacts is usually about double the number made with the 10w radio.  

3955, W0D/NW-051

Dustin, W2EMA, and Don, K0DAJ, made the trek up 3955, an unnamed hill just to the east of Sturgis, on March 3rd.  The original plan was to hike up the trail on the north side, but snow forced them to approach from the south.  Snow here was only a foot and a half deep, at least in some places.  They managed to make it to the top and set up the Packtenna dipole and a Yaesu 857D.  Most contacts were on 40m.  Band conditions were quite good, but 20m was overly busy with the ARRL DX contest.  A few contacts were made on this band, before giving up after hearing a French station wanting to use the frequency.  

Elk Mountain High Point, W0D/BB-018

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, made the trek up Elk Mountain, a high point on a butte just east of Newcastle, on March 30th.  A snow drift across the road resulted in a ¾ mile hike in.  Conditions were good.  Don made 28 contacts, including one with an operator in Germany.  Ken made 35 CW contacts and 4 on SSB.  It was a good day, except for the wind.  Temperatures didn’t get above freezing until about half way through the morning.  

Veteran’s Peak, W0D/NW-035

Bob, W0RE, and Don, K0DAJ, made the trek up Veteran’s Peak on April 21st.  A snow drift across the road proved that winter wasn’t quite over and caused a longer hike in.  The weather was nice, however, with temperatures on the 50s and sunshine.  They made a total of 36 contacts, including several to other summits.  These put Don over the 250 point threshold for chasing.  This was Bob’s second summit activation.