MAY 2019  - SPOTLIGHT on ARiel jacala - ny4g

The View From Wesser Bald

NY4G on Lane Pinnacle

Club 2m Repeater  - 146.940 PL Tone 107.2

Ariel is an avid DXer, and Expeditioner/Activator for Summits on the Air.   Ariel got his Extra Class License in 2010 and his current call in July that same year.  He was bittem by the DXing bug and started DXing in January of 2011.   By 2014 he had gotten 5 Band DXCC. In 2015 he led a team of 4 on a multi-single entry for the IARU HF Championship and placed 3rd in the Maritime Section and 1st in Class D, while operating out of the super station of VY2TT in Prince Edward Island with Bill N4IQ, Phil AC4Q, and Bob ND7J.   That same year he undertook a solo DXpedition to Saint Pierre and Miquelon as FP/NY4G and made over 2000 QSO's with radio amateurs from over 50 countries. 

He subsequently got 9 Band DXCC by getting 100+ entities on top band (160 meters) in 2017.   He entered the year long CQ DX Marathon two years in a row in 2016 and 2017.   In 2016, he was an entrant in the QRP (5 Watt Division) and got 6th place world wide.    In 2017, he was a single band entry on 160 meter band and got 7th place.  He also holds QRP Awards from ARRL (QRP-DXCC) and QRP-ARCI with a total of 179 country endorsement.  Ariel currently has 312 DXCC's confirmed and is still waiting for another new one.

These days he is active in the Summits on the Air Program and and has activated 72 summits towards his goal of becoming a SOTA Mountain Goat.  A Mountain Goat Award is given to an activator who has reached 1000 summit points.  Ariel has 759 points earned toward that goal and is currently the second leading activator for 2019 for all of SOTA for CW activators.  He has also achieved Shack Sloth status with over 1000 Chaser points and also has the Mountain Explorer Bronze Award for having activated summits in 5 SOTA Associations - W4C (Carolinas), W4T (Tennessee), W4G (Georgia), W4V (Virginia) and W4K (Kentucky).  He also has the Mountain Hunter Gold Award for having successfully chased at least twice in 15 or more SOTA Associations.