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

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.

Mount Coolidge W0D/BB-012

Don, K0DAJ, made the trek to Mount Coolidge on June 10th. It was a beautiful day and the views were fantastic.  He made 20 contacts on HF, but VHF proved problematic.  The Bear Mountain repeater couldn’t be reached with 5 watts even though it could be seen.  It took 50 watts to get in.  Here’s the log.

Bear Mountain W0D/BB-029

Don, K0DAJ, and Ryan, KE0LXT, went to Bear Mountain on May 18th.  After a talk with the resident fire tower operator, they set up the Buddipole.  They managed about 20 contacts on HF after posting a spot.  Due to the location well west in the Hills, they didn’t try VHF.

White Mansion W0D/NW-034

Don, K0DAJ, went up White Mansion, to the northwest of Nemo, on July 1st.  The trip began with bushwacking in grass over 5 feet high.  Fortunately, there was a trail up the northeast side of the hill.  This was the first test of a Packtenna dipole. The results were good.  It’s a lot lighter than the Buddipole!

Custer Peak W0D/NW-003

Don, K0DAJ, and Ken, W0SEB, made the long drive and trek up Custer Peak on July 17th.  The trek part proved to be more than planned for.  Everything looked a lot flatter on the aerial photos.  The day was amazing.  The 20m band was up and down radically.  They made an amazing 61 SSB contacts while on the air for almost 1½ hours, including one to Spain!  Not bad for 100W on a low wire dipole.

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.

6500 W0D/NW-019

Don, K0DAJ, made the muddy drive to “6500” north of Rochford, just to the east of the Mickelson Trail on August 13.  The road was blocked off well ahead of what the map showed, resulting in about a 1 mile hike in.  Band conditions were fair and the 20m dipole worked reasonably well.  For the first hour, though, it was difficult to hear, so serveral stations couldn’t log contacts.

Veterans’ Peak W0D/NW-035

Don, K0DAJ, made the drive to Veterans’ Peak on August 27th.  It was a good day with fairly good band conditions.  Don managed 85 contacts, including one to Spain.  Being a lot closer to haul stuff, he brought the 100W rig and managed to cover the lower 48 almost from corner to corner, Florida to Washington, and New Hampshire to California.

Green Top W0D/NW-033

Tom, KE0EYN, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up Green Top on August 26th. The top was mostly rock formations, so it was hard to find a place to set up.  After erecting a dipole, it was difficult to make contacts using 10 watts with 3 QSO parties on the bands.  However, a spot by a contact in California started things up.  Unfortunately, they were soon chased off the mountain by a thunderstorm with large hail.
No pictures for this one.  Things happened pretty fast before having to get off the top in thunder, rain, and hail.

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

Black Hills Amateur         Radio Club Black Hills Amateur        Radio Club

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.

Mount Coolidge W0D/BB-012

Don, K0DAJ, made the trek to Mount Coolidge on June 10th. It was a beautiful day and the views were fantastic.  He made 20 contacts on HF, but VHF proved problematic.  The Bear Mountain repeater couldn’t be reached with 5 watts even though it could be seen.  It took 50 watts to get in.  Here’s the log.

Bear Mountain W0D/BB-029

Don, K0DAJ, and Ryan, KE0LXT, went to Bear Mountain on May 18th.  After a talk with the resident fire tower operator, they set up the Buddipole.  They managed about 20 contacts on HF after posting a spot.  Due to the location well west in the Hills, they didn’t try VHF.

White Mansion W0D/NW-034

Don, K0DAJ, went up White Mansion, to the northwest of Nemo, on July 1st.  The trip began with bushwacking in grass over 5 feet high.  Fortunately, there was a trail up the northeast side of the hill.  This was the first test of a Packtenna dipole. The results were good.  It’s a lot lighter than the Buddipole!

Custer Peak W0D/NW-003

Don, K0DAJ, and Ken, W0SEB, made the long drive and trek up Custer Peak on July 17th.  The trek part proved to be more than planned for.  Everything looked a lot flatter on the aerial photos.  The day was amazing.  The 20m band was up and down radically.  They made an amazing 61 SSB contacts while on the air for almost 1½ hours, including one to Spain!  Not bad for 100W on a low wire dipole.

6500 W0D/NW-019

Don, K0DAJ, made the muddy drive to “6500” north of Rochford, just to the east of the Mickelson Trail on August 13.  The road was blocked off well ahead of what the map showed, resulting in about a 1 mile hike in.  Band conditions were fair and the 20m dipole worked reasonably well.  For the first hour, though, it was difficult to hear, so serveral stations couldn’t log contacts.

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.

Veterans’ Peak W0D/NW-035

Don, K0DAJ, made the drive to Veterans’ Peak on August 27th.  It was a good day with fairly good band conditions.  Don managed 85 contacts, including one to Spain.  Being a lot closer to haul stuff, he brought the 100W rig and managed to cover the lower 48 almost from corner to corner, Florida to Washington, and New Hampshire to California.

Green Top W0D/NW-033

Tom, KE0EYN, and Don, K0DAJ, hiked up Green Top on August 26th. The top was mostly rock formations, so it was hard to find a place to set up.  After erecting a dipole, it was difficult to make contacts using 10 watts with 3 QSO parties on the bands.  However, a spot by a contact in California started things up.  Unfortunately, they were soon chased off the mountain by a thunderstorm with large hail.