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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Crooks Tower W0D/NW-001

May 7th, 2017.

5220 (Dakota Point Peak) W0D/BB-082

May 6th, 2017.   Here’s the log.

Perrin Mountan W0D/BB-083

April 30, 2017.   Here’s the log.

3845 W0D/BB-112 (Cowboy Hill)

April 23, 2017.  Here’s the log. 

Odakota Mountain W0D/BB-002

April 15, 2017.

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.

Slim Buttes W0D/NW-017

Michael, KD0ZIP, and Jim, KD0S had a very successful activation of a peak in Slim Buttes.  They made about 45 contacts including one to New Zealand!  Here is the log.

Terry Peak W0D/NW-002

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, made the trek to the top of Terry Peak on May 29th. It was a beautiful day but radio conditions were difficult.  They managed 6 contacts on HF, VHF, and UHF but it took about 2 hours of trying.  Here’s the log.

5707 (North Pactola) W0D/BB-066

Don, K0DAJ, made the very long trek to the top of the highest point on the north side of Pactola Lake on June 3rd. It took about 2 hours each way, mostly cross country with a lot of scrambling over downed trees.  Don is working on some lighter antennas! He made number of contacts, managing to sneak into the Crazy Horse simplex event, then a good spot on the SOTA Watch site resulted in a number of HF contacts. Unfortunately, 20m was busy. A less than optimum choice of frequencey made it difficult for the contacts to hear in the QRM.  Here is the log.

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.

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.

Slim Buttes W0D/NW-017

Michael, KD0ZIP, and Jim, KD0S had a very successful activation of a peak in Slim Buttes.  They made about 45 contacts including one to New Zealand!  Here is the log.

Terry Peak W0D/NW-002

Ken, W0SEB, and Don, K0DAJ, made the trek to the top of Terry Peak on May 29th. It was a beautiful day but radio conditions were difficult.  They managed 6 contacts on HF, VHF, and UHF but it took about 2 hours of trying.  Here’s the log.

5707 (North Pactola) W0D/BB-066

Don, K0DAJ, made the very long trek to the top of the highest point on the north side of Pactola Lake on June 3rd. It took about 2 hours each way, mostly cross country with a lot of scrambling over downed trees.  Don is working on some lighter antennas! He made number of contacts, managing to sneak into the Crazy Horse simplex event, then a good spot on the SOTA Watch site resulted in a number of HF contacts. Unfortunately, 20m was busy. A less than optimum choice of frequencey made it difficult for the contacts to hear in the QRM.  Here is the log.

Crooks Tower W0D/NW-001

May 7th, 2017.

5220 (Dakota Point Peak) W0D/BB-082

May 6th, 2017.   Here’s the log.

Perrin Mountan W0D/BB-083

April 30, 2017.   Here’s the log.

3845 W0D/BB-112 (Cowboy Hill)

April 23, 2017.  Here’s the log. 

Odakota Mountain W0D/BB-002

April 15, 2017.

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.