Did some quick looking for information on Summits on the Air (SOTA), a ham radio contest to make contacts while either you or your contact are standing on top of a summit (mountain peak, usually) and highpointing, which is a hiking contest to stand on all the high points in a given set of jurisdictions (continents, counties, US states, US counties, etc.). Links below.
https://www.sotamaps.org/ maps to help you find official SOTA summits, although determining which association you belong to is not especially clear. Minnesota is association K0M and North/South Dakota are association W0D.
https://sotawatch.sota.org.uk/en/ SOTAwatch is a good place to let people know what peak you’ll be on so they can try to contact you
SOTA summits in North Dakota and South Dakota: https://summits.sota.org.uk/region/W0D
SOTA summits in Minnesota: https://summits.sota.org.uk/association/K0M
Getting started with SOTA: http://www.pnwsota.org/content/getting-started-sota
SOTA Minnesota association reference manual: https://sotastore.blob.core.windows.net/arms/ARM-K0M.pdf
Joining in with SOTA: https://www.sota.org.uk/Joining-In
How to activate a SOTA peak: http://www.pnwsota.org/sites/pnwsota.org/files/How%20to%20Activate%20a%20SOTA%20Peak.pdf
Minnesota county high points: https://www.peakbagger.com/list.aspx?lid=13407
I responded to a “how do you get started” question somewhere else and came out with the following brain dump, so I’ll post it here too.
What tips and tricks would you have to get started with genealogy?
You don’t have to put your tree in Ancestry and pay monthly, especially if you have hosting somewhere. Webtrees is good software. If you are associated with a university, you may have access to an Ancestry subscription for free through the library. Set up a system for digital files and naming conventions on your local machine to back up any documentation you add to an online tree. Family tree software should all operate with the GEDCOM format, which makes it really easy to move around if you are dissatisfied (although objects like photos may be harder to).
When I started in high school 20 years ago, it was just a tree of everyone I knew I was related to. Then you get back far enough and have to ask people for help. My grandmother remembered dozens of names and dates, which got me further. Ancestry and similar free websites (findagrave.com) can fill in a lot. Newspapers.com helped me find a ton of obituaries and gossip column entries, which filled in even more.
It’s only recently that I got into thinking about the “History” going on around my ancestors when they were alive, and that’s been driving my interest for the last year. Person A lived in this place in the 1890s–what was going on there, and how were global events affecting them? Newspapers.com or another archive were very useful for this as well.
Although Ancestry and Newspapers.com are subscription, even one month lets you dig into and download as much as you want, so if money is tighter you can sign up for a single month and dedicate a lot of time to getting as much raw material as possible.
I can’t promise a lot of updates about this, but here are some observations from this morning. 20 degrees F, alleged 7 mph wind (felt like more). Put studded tires on last night, felt super solid with two kids in the box. Trace to drifts of 2″ of snow, drifts were sketchier on return trip without kids.
Kids stayed warm with the classic rain tent, coats, mittens, hat/hood, and big flannel blanket. Still would like more protection from wind in the back where it’s just mesh.
LCD screen seemed okay, although I think battery is discharging faster than usual. I am bringing the battery inside now between rides.
All around, a wonderful ride. Plus we saw turkeys!
Don’t have a better title yet. Sometimes bug email lists are the best way to find answers!
After installing Nextcloud using yunohost (which is awesome so far), the Redis server crashed and couldn’t be restarted. Turns out a couple cifs (Samba) drives I was mounting in fstab were preventing Redis from starting.
I unmounted the drives, started Redis through yunohost, and then remounted the drives. If I have to reboot, will probably have to go through this again, so not an ideal solution.
Jul 19 22:14:46 systemd: Failed to start Advanced key-value store.
Since I’ve wanted a cargo bike for some time now (and saved up my pennies), I finally placed an order for a Babboe City and two accessories (rain tent and toddler seat) with myamsterdambike.com (MAB) on Friday, February 9th. This post will summarize the update process on shipping. If you are planning to purchase from a local shop (and you should, if you have one that stocks cargo bikes), you can skip this post.
I plan to write a series of posts about this bike as it arrives, gets unboxed, assembled, and ridden. A more detailed post about “why buy a cargo bike” and “why this cargo bike” is planned as well.
Things got interesting when Package 1 was delivered, because it contained the rain tent for a Babboe Curve, not a Babboe City (which I had ordered). I emailed My Amsterdam Bike and they will be shipping a new rain tent.
The same tracking numbers are used by both DHL and USPS. I didn’t know USPS would be delivering beforehand, I only found out through one of the DHL updates. Your delivery may use different vendors. Only the accessories arrived via USPS; the bicycle arrived in three boxes directly from DHL.
It took 18 and 19 days for accessories to arrive, and 24 days for the bicycle itself.
Here are the data on shipping to East Grand Forks, MN (dates with no news are included so you can see the pace of updates).
Day 0 (2018-02-09)
Received email confirmation of order, saying “2 to 3 weeks for delivery”
Email from DHL with two tracking numbers (Package 1 and Package 2), but comment only mentioned toddler seat.
Package 1 processed in Dorsten, Germany
Package 2 processed in Dorsten, Germany
Package 1 processed in Rodgau, Germany
Package 2 processed in Rodgau, Germany
Package 1 at the airport IPZ-Ffm, Germany
Package 2 at the airport IPZ-Ffm, Germany
Package 2 processed in ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS)
Package 2 Inbound Out of Customs
Package 1 processed in ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS)
Email from MAB: “Next week you will receive your tracking and the estimated delivery date. I expect your bike to be delivered end of next week, or maybe beginning of the week after.”
Package 1 Inbound Out of Customs
Package 1 Arrived at USPS Regional Facility CHICAGO IL INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Package 1 In Transit to Next Facility
Package 1 In Transit to Next Facility
Package 2 Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility WEST FARGO NETWORK DISTRIBUTION CENTER (note that Package 2 skipped Chicago USPS…)
Package 2 Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility GRAND FORKS ND DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Package 2 Sorting Complete EAST GRAND FORKS, MN 56721
Package 1 In Transit to Next Facility (it’s weird how this package has very little detail about where it is, just that it’s moving)
Package 2 Out for Delivery EAST GRAND FORKS, MN 56721
Package 2 delivered
Package 1 Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility GRAND FORKS ND DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Package 1 Arrived at Unit GRAND FORKS, ND 58201
Package 1 Sorting Complete EAST GRAND FORKS, MN 56721
Package 1 delivered
I emailed to ask about the bike tracking number, since both packages I knew about had arrived.
Day 20 (2018-03-01)
Email from MAB: “The bike will be shipped this week (I think today) and will send you the tracking number as soon as receive it from the shipping company”
DHL shipment created for Package 3 (rain tent for City)
With no tracking code ever delivered to me, the bicycle arrives in a DHL van! So it was delivered according to the email way back on Day 14. Of note, DHL delivered during a snowstorm so I was actually home (actually outside shoveling) and able to sign for it. Not sure if they would have left the boxes otherwise.