K1LOK 2021

17 January 2021


This is an image my son Isaiah built for me in Mindcraft.

6 February 2021: QSO Parties

I participated in my first contests for the year. It was the British Columbia, Minnesota, and Vermont QSO Parties. I only had contacts on Saturday. 20 meters was not working well to BC. I had 8 contacts with BC, 19 contacts to Minnesota (3 on 40 meters, the rest on 20 meters), and 3 to Vermont.

My soapbox comment made it into the BC QSO Party Report: Wish I could have heard more of the great hams of BC. The band was too long for 20m and 40m and 80m weren't too cooperative. K1LOK

6 March 2021: ARRL International DX Contest

I participated in the ARRL International DX Contest. I worked from at home, and in the field at the nearby junior high school. I had 20 contacts total in three continents. My farthest was ZW5B on 20 meters in Brazil.

13 March 2021: Idaho, Oklahoma and Wisconsin QSO Parties

I participated in these three QSO parties. I had a 20 meter contact with Idaho, which meant the band was really short at that time. Most of my contacts were on 20 and 40 with just one on 80 to Idaho.


Highest Score from Utah, Wisconsin QSO Party


Certificate from the Idaho QSO Party

27 and 28 March 2021: CQ World Wide WPX Contest

I think I like this one better than the ARRL DX contest. I had a total of 47 contacts. 19 were in the continental US, all on 20 meters. I had contacts in Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Australia. The contact with VK4KW in Australia was my first with that country and also my furthest ever at 12387 km (7697 mi). That was on the 15 meter band. In fact, 15 meters was working really well. 10 of my contacts were on 15 meters.


Portable setup for the CQ World Wide WPX contest near my home QTH DN40cj

3 and 4 April 2021: SPDX and Mississippi and Louisiana QSP Parties

The SPDX is a contest out of Poland. The band was not working there on Saturday. However, for the last half hour of the contest, I was able to make 2 contacts. The furthers was SO9I at 8783 km Between Wroclaw (Breslau) and Krakau. I had two contacts in to Louisiana and six to Mississippi. All contacts for these contests were on 20 meters.

15 April 2021: Great Utah Shakeout

I operated an amateur radio station on battery power at Fluke Calibration in American Fork for the Great Utah Shakeout. It was operated just as if we had lost power, and cell phone service was impeded. The equipment included a VHF radio with a J-pole antenna and a HF radio with a dipole antenna. All operations were done outside.

A total of 7 contacts were logged. This included checking into the Skyline Net in Sanpete County on the 146.66 repeater from my QTH in American Fork. I also did some work on HF. I checked into 4 nets with net controls in Oregon, Washington (x2) and Colorado, all on 40 meters. I also had a QSO with a station in Oklahoma on 20 meters. I passed a traffic message to AJ7M in Everett, Washington.

That evening I checked into the Utah RACES Net.


TimeFreqModeCallDist / kmDist / miRemarks
10:23146.66-FMKB7K11873Skyline Net
10:367.2835SSBN7LRA1159720Noontime Net
11:397.24SSBN7GES570354High Noon Net
12:327.272SSBW7ARR865538Beehive Utah Net
12:35146.62-FMN7IE4729Message #1
13:037.204SSBWA7DUH891554Jefferson Noon Net
20:56147.12+FMN7GTE4427Utah RACES Net

Portable battery power from DN40ci for the Great Utah Shakeout

17 April 2021: Michigan and Ontario QSO Parties

The 20 meter band wasn't too good and I only operated for 2 hours. I had 5 QSOs with Michigan and 1 with Ontario.

26 June 2021: Field Day

This year I went with the Skyline Radio Club to their normal location up Ephraim Canyon (DM49gh). I camped out overnight Friday and had fun making 20 meter contacts in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic.


2021 Field Day at Skyline Road and Ephraim Canyon Road (DM49gh) at an altitude of 3000 m (10,000 feet) in Sanpete County, Utah. My 20 meter vertical is shown here with the GOTA station in the background and the Skyline Radio Club (K7BSK) main radio trailer in the back.

5 July 2021: Freedom Festival Parade

For this year’s parade, I worked at the same location as two other times, 200 S between University Avenue and 200 E (DN40ef) in Provo. There were no lost kids, but I was able to direct a number of people to the protopodites.

20 to 26 July 2021: Jasper, Texas

While visiting my mom’s house in Jasper, Texas (EM20xw), I did a little portable operation out in her front yard. I used my 20 meter vertical. I checked into the Texas Traffic Net and the 7290 Net on 40 meters. I had 7 QSOs on 20 meters. One was W4C, a special event station for awareness about what is going on in Cuba. The furthest contact was W1KA in New Hampshire at a distance of 2401 km.

8 August 2021: K1LOK on a POTA Video

The linked video is on What Frequency Should I Use intended for the POTA audience. My callsign appears at about 3:08 on the video. That was from Aug 8. The QSO was with a station in Indiana. Thanks to Chase Palmer KJ7OXM for pointing this out to me.

14 August 2021: POTA Activation Fairfield Utah

This was my first Parks on the Air activation. It was a successful event. I had 59 QSOs operating about 2 hours. I was at park K-3064, the Camp Floyd State Park in Fairfield, Utah. I had contacts from all over the United States including Florida and Alaska, plus I had my first contact in the Northwest Territories. My closest contact was from fellow POTA activator K7JSG at K-5970, a distance of about 5 km. I also checked into the Mercury Western Net while out there as well.


My portable setup at K-3064, in Fairfield, Utah County, Utah, grid DN30wg. All contacts were on 20 meters.

21 August 2021: North America QSO Party

For this year’s North America QSO party, I operated for a total of 2 hours from my home QTH (DN40cj) and made 26 contacts all on 20 meters. My time was limited due to travel the next day. I was impressed with the band conditions between 22:00 and 23:00 UTC.

29 August: Allstar Link

I finally got an Allstar Link set up. It is a Node Ventures node. My first contact was checking in to the El Paso Sunday Net. AE5OJ was net control.

3 - 6 September 2021: Labo(u)r Day Weekend POTA Activations

I did five different Parks on the Air activations on Labor Day weekend. All contacts were SSB. My favorites were the two in Wyoming. Those two parks had never been activated. They both were out of cell phone range, so I couldn’t self-spot. I also had a few QSOs on 17 meters. I think that's the first time I had been on that band. A summary of the activations is in the table below.

DateParkGridCounty, StateQSOsOperating Time
4 Sep 21K-5929 Flight ParkDN40bkUtah, Utah210:37
5 Sep 21K-5970 Fivemile PassDN30ufTooele, Utah100:36
5 Sep 21K-3064 Camp FloydDN30wgUtah, Utah441:14
6 Sep 21K-6225 Piedmont Charcoal KilnsDN41qfUinta, Wyoming130:25
6 Sep 21K-6228 Fort SupplyDN41seUinta, Wyoming130:38