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 100 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 100 point activator certificate with the activation of peak 6500.  Don has also qualified for the 100 point chaser award.

Summits on the Air activating day - September

30

Five club members headed into the hills for our first ever SOTA day.  Bob, W0RE, activated Cabot Hill.  Ken, W0SEB, and Ryan, KE0LXT, activated Veterans’ Peak, and Terry, ADOHL, and Don, K0DAJ, activated Castle Peak.  The weather was great with light winds and temps in the 70s.  Contacts were made on both 2m and 20m.

Boulder Hill, W0D/BB-078

Dustin, W2EMA, and Don, K0DAJ, climbed up to the top of Boulder Hill, on the Flume Trail, on September 17th.  The views were great, with the low scattered clouds and cool weather, a big change from the 90s the week before.  The clouds thickened as the morning went on, causing the pair to put on coats, hats, and gloves.  Dustin made an amazing 82 contacts in a fun morning of operating.

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

Planned Activations

Recent Activations

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September summit-to-summit day - We’re

considering a summit-to-summit day in later

September.  This will be both a local and long range

event.  The plan is to use VHF simplex for local peak

to peak contacts and HF for those with the

equipment.

Awards

Ken, W0SEB - Ken qualified for the 100 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 100 point activator certificate with the activation of peak 6500.  Don has also qualified for the 100 point chaser award.

Summits on the Air activating day - September

30

Five club members headed into the hills for our first ever SOTA day.  Bob, W0RE, activated Cabot Hill.  Ken, W0SEB, and Ryan, KE0LXT, activated Veterans’ Peak, and Terry, ADOHL, and Don, K0DAJ, activated Castle Peak.  The weather was great with light winds and temps in the 70s.  Contacts were made on both 2m and 20m.

Boulder Hill, W0D/BB-078

Dustin, W2EMA, and Don, K0DAJ, climbed up to the top of Boulder Hill, on the Flume Trail, on September 17th.  The views were great, with the low scattered clouds and cool weather, a big change from the 90s the week before.  The clouds thickened as the morning went on, causing the pair to put on coats, hats, and gloves.  Dustin made an amazing 82 contacts in a fun morning of operating.