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KI70FL – Looking forward to SOTA Contacts in W7A with 2meter, 70cm and 6meter contacts. My home base is Sahuarita Arizona section W7A.

Antennas will be home made with the assistance of the internet, experimenting will be half the fun. Hope to join KI7LLD and KI7OFN for much of this activity.


Planning the first SOTA Hike Sunday Sept. 24th 2017, day trip some 60 miles away to the historic Picacho Peak just of I-10 about half way between Phoenix AZ and Tucson Az in the ELOY AZ area – Hunter Trail.

Welcome to Picacho Peak! Visitors traveling
along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the
prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak
State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the
trails that wind up the peak and, often in the
spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers. The
park and surrounding area are known for its
unique geological significance, outstanding
and varied desert growth, and historical
importance. The unique shape has been used
as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric
times. One of the first written records was
in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it
passed through the area

Goal is to take on the Hunter Trail: 2.0 miles; difficult; begins on the north side from Barrett Loop and goes to the top of the peak. The trail climbs a resistant path typical of the Sonoran desert. The route is steep and twisting, with steel cables (gloves are recommended) anchored into the rock in places where the surface is bare.

See the attached MAP Here: PIPE_Park_Brochure2017

2-Meter Simplex channel will be 146.52 with a goal of reaching into Phoenix, Casa Grande and Tucson metro area’s as we will at 3334′ transmitting with 5 – 50watts.


2-Meter repeater (Non SOTA) will be the EAARS Network off Mt. Lemmon 147.160 and Globe 145.41 in an effort to get some local Ham’s to listen for us on the peak. Of course in the event of an emergency this is an excellent resource with a lot of coverage.

GPS Coordinates to park entrance

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: 32.645952
Longitude: -111.401153

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: N32 38 45
Longitude: W111 24 04

Latitude: N 32 38.757
Longitude: W 111 24.069

X: 462377
Y: 3612109




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