W0/FR-053 Activation Postponed

I couldn’t get out of the house in time to make it up and down before dark.  Sadly, this activation is postponed.  :(

Activation Alert: W0/FR-053 - Cheyenne Mountain

Who:   Chris Snell (NW5W)
What:  Ascent and SOTA activation of W0/FR-053,  Cheyenne Mountain 

About:  Cheyenne Mountain is a 9,547’ (2910m) peak overlooking the city of Colorado Springs.   Deep within it’s granite heart lies the world-famous Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, once the primary home of NORAD.

Points:  7 points (4 point peak + 3 winter bonus)

Date:    Sunday, 11 December 2011
Time:    1900-2100Z  (1100-1300 MST)  +/- 2 hr, weather- and battery-dependent
 
Where:  28380 KHz SSB +/- for QRM
            146.52 MHz FM

Track:   NW5W-4 (HT tracker)  NW5W-2 (Truck-mounted tracker) 

Alerts:  I should be able to self-spot by smartphone once I’m set up there.  For purposes of spotting/coordination, I will monitor the CMRG Cheyenne Mountain repeater (147.345 [+] PL 107.2) which is IRLP node 3854. 

Notes:   I (Chris, NW5W) live on the eastern slope of the mountain.  I’m going to try for an eastern slope ascent from the edge of my neighborhood if I can do it without having to cross obvious private property that exists around the lower slopes.   If that doesn’t work out, I will drive around the back side and climb using an established trail on public lands.   Either way, I’ll post up here on this website once I start the climb and I’ll post a SOTAwatch spot once I’m set up.

Ben LeMasurier (KD0PNS), David Stillman (KI6YMZ) and Chris Snell (NW5W) on top of 10650 Peak on a very cold and snowy day! David is filming and Chris is calling CQ.

Activation Alert: W0/FR-140 - 10650 Peak

Who:   Chris Snell (NW5W),  David Stillman (KI6YMZ)
What:  Ascent and SOTA activation of W0/FR-140,  10650 Peak 

Points:  9 points (6 point peak + 3 winter bonus)

Date:    Sunday, 4 December 2011
Time:    1800-2000Z  (1100-1300 MST)  +/- 2 hr, weather- and battery-dependent
 
Where:  28380 KHz SSB +/- for QRM
            146.52 MHz FM

Track:   NW5W-4 (HT tracker)  NW5W-2 (Truck-mounted tracker) 

Alerts:  I will post an update here before I leave cellphone coverage at the entrance to the canyon.   APRS coverage may be spotty due to 5W HT and possible lack of digipeaters.  For purposes of spotting/coordination, I will monitor the CMRG Cheyenne Mountain repeater (147.345 [+] PL 107.2) which is IRLP node 3854. 

Notes:  10650 Peak is not far from the road but it’s a nasty little steep climb.  Saturday’s forecast is calling for snow with highs in the teens, 20 mph winds and sub-zero wind chill.   I suspect that it will be a shorter activation if weather is particularly bad on top.  If we make it up and down fairly quickly, we may try for a second activation on a nearby summit.