first activation of a w0m-Missouri summit

W0M/SF-001( Taum Sauk Mtn) Activation Occurs on the First Day

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W0M-Missouri Association Manager, W4RK, Bill Gerth, and his XYL, Erika, ventured out into the crisp 5 degree F temperatures on Friday morning, February 1st, 2013 for a trip to the Saint Francois Mountains in southeast Missouri for the purpose of activating the first Missouri summit in the just-approved SOTA Missouri Association.  After a 3-hour drive from Jefferson City to Ironton and checking into the Shepherd Mountain Inn, they headed for Taum Sauk Mountain (W0M/SF-001), highest point in the state of Missouri.  

After a short hike from the parking area up to the summit, they put up the antenna (wire in the trees) and Bill got on the air with his KX3 for the first QSO going into the log at 2038 UTC on 40 meter CW with N0ZH, Mike, in New Bloomfield, MO.  Mike is VP of the Mid-MO Amateur Radio Club in Jeff City, MO and an avid SOTA enthusiast who is rapidly climbing the Chaser standings with over 600 points.  

Due to the excellent SOTA spotting tools, a nice pileup built quickly and Bill had 29 QSOs in the log in just over one half hour.  Being on the highest point in MO must have been good for propagation as he got excellent reports from all over the US as well as 3 QSOs from VE7 (British Columbia).  An analysis of the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) later showed that W4RK was heard also by the automatic skimmers at PJ2T (Curacao in the Caribbean) and in Europe at EI6BT (Ireland) with 14-16 db SNRs.

Many of the QSOs were with SOTA enthusiasts who already knew of the impending startup of W0M-Missouri with lots of congrats flowing to W4RK from around the country.  Later, a number of congratulatory e-mails were also received.  

So, W0M-Missouri is officially launched with the first of our 57 summits now having been activated.  Who will activate the next one?  It could be you!  If you activate one of the higher Missouri summits (500 meters / 1,639 feet or greater), you'll get a 3-point Winter Bonus if your activation takes place before March 1st.

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