Mt. Gleason W6/CT-017

I originally planned on riding my bike up to W6/CT-087, which is on the way to Mt. Gleason, but I was feeling good so I pushed through to the further summit. The road up is paved, as there was a Nike missile site up top, which became a Forest Service fire outpost, which, tragically burned down in the 2009 Station Fire. Since it is almost 10 miles to the top, cycling made quick work of what would be above my pedestrian threshold. Once at the top, I setup the station under a grove of pine trees in the shade. I made a few contacts on 2M as the HF antenna got setup. I self spotted on 20M, and made a few contacts. Moving over to 40M and self spotting again, I quickly found it was noisy. I could clearly hear chasers calling me, but there was no getting out on my end. I made a few contacts regardless, including, a S2S. I moved over to 2M CW to practice my code. Made one contact, then another station called, which was a busted QSO because my brain still freezes when receiving.

More info and photos on LA-04 http://www.themilitarystandard.com/missile/nike/la-04.php

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-017

Date:03/07/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-017 (Mount Gleason)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
20:26KI6PMD144MHzFM59 59
20:37N1WAX144MHzSSB59 59
20:45N0RSR14MHzSSB49 55
20:45NQ7R14MHzSSB55 59
20:46W7FAS14MHzSSB59 57
20:47K0YO14MHzSSB45 55
20:55NG6R14MHzSSB59 57
21:15K2J14MHzSSB59 59
21:21WW7D7MHzSSB22 45 S2S W7W/CW-085
21:23N6DNM7MHzSSB55 44
22:44K6LDQ144MHzCW599 599

Throop Peak W6/CT-005

This was a nice hike, but a bit far from my QTH. I intended to do a double activation of Throop and Mt. Lewis, but the temperature was dropping and it was best to head home. The HF bands were kinda quiet, but I jumped on FM Simplex and made a bunch of contacts from Apple Valley to Temecula

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-005

Date:12/06/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-005 (Throop Peak)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
20:31W0ADV14MHzSSB45/ 31
20:32WW7D14MHzSSB45/ 55
20:36AB6SO14MHzSSB45/ 44
20:37WU7H14MHzSSB55/ 57
20:40K6CBQ14MHzSSB55/ 42
20:47N0WAE14MHzSSB55/ 33
20:56W6NYU14MHzSSB59/ 45
20:58NS7P14MHzSSB45/ 44
21:04N6DLC14MHzSSB55/ 59
21:15K6HPX7MHzSSB59/ 53
21:16K6YK7MHzSSB55/ 22
21:35W6OBI144MHzFM59/ 55
21:35KF6REU144MHzFM59/ 59
21:36WA6WV144MHzFM59/ 59
21:37N1WAX144MHzFM59/ 59
21:38KS6R144MHzFM59/ 59
21:38W2LOL144MHzFM59/ 59
21:38WR6S144MHzFM55/ 59
21:40AJ6O144MHzFM59/ 59
21:41KI6RF144MHzFM59/ 59
21:41WB6NQW144MHzFM59/ 59
21:42KI6AFZ144MHzFM59/ 59
21:44KM6CEM144MHzFM59/ 59
21:45KK6RQM144MHzFM59/ 59
21:47KB6FIG144MHzFM45/ 59
21:54K6LDQ433MHzCW599/ 599

Hoyt Mountain W6/CT-146

This my second time activating Hoyt Mountain, however this time, I hiked up for the ARRL VHF contest and primarily worked 6M and 70CM, with a few contacts on 2M, and a couple S2S contacts. This is on my top 5 list of favorite summits because it’s close to home, and it’s not a popular place for Angelenos to hike; I’d like to camp up here sometime for an overnight activation in the future. See my previous activation of this summit HERE.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-146

Date:13/06/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-146 (Hoyt Mountain)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
20:57K6RO50MHzSSBDM03
20:59N6KN50MHzSSBDM03
21:03N6MU50MHzSSBDM03
21:04W6JK50MHzSSBDM03
21:05K6HF50MHzSSBDM03
21:10K6YRA50MHzSSBDM03
21:16N6TEB433MHzFMDM03
21:16K6RIN433MHzFMDM04 – S2S W6/CT-158
21:17K6FGV433MHzFMDM03
21:18N6UTC433MHzFMDM03
21:20W6JET433MHzFMDM04
21:24KG6CQQ433MHzFMDM13
21:27W1SAV433MHzFMDM04
21:35K6CSB433MHzFMDM04
22:00WN6K50MHzCWDM13
22:07N6KNW50MHzSSBDM04
22:08N6AN50MHzSSBDM04 – S2S W6/CT-225
22:18K6SYW50MHzSSBDM04
22:19KN6CSB50MHzSSBDM03
22:21KK6DDC50MHzSSBDM13
22:23N6VI50MHzSSBDM04
22:25K6LDQ50MHzSSBDM03
22:26N6LSX50MHzSSBDM04
22:26N6LSX433MHzFMDM04
22:28KW6ACK433MHzFMDM13
22:29AD6AF433MHzFMDM04
22:33W2JCL433MHzFMDM04
22:34KE6OPK433MHzFMDM03
22:35KE6FVN433MHzFMDM03
22:56KM6HMD433MHzFMDM13
22:57K6LMN433MHzFMDM13 ROVER
22:58K6RJF433MHzFMDM12
23:06N6GP50MHzSSBDM13 ROVER
23:25N6YNG144MHzFMDM04
23:26N6AN144MHzFMDM04 S2S
Fire road up to the saddle
This is the fire break trail, steep, narrow, several false summits before getting to the top.
The station
6M dipole; I hung a 2M, 70CM roll up j-pole off one of the legs after taking this photo.
Quite a bit of old fire hose up here.

Sailing – A bit windy

W6/CT-010 – Mt. Islip

I was saving the higher elevation hikes for the summer with the idea it would be much cooler and enjoyable when the city below is being scorched by the sun. That’s not the case. It was hot, the route up was in full sun, and I wondered what it would take to loose some pack weight to make the trip up to the summit easier. Overall, it was enjoyable. Solar conditions were not so great, but I was able to make several QSOs on 20. 40M was dead, with only one QSO up to Washington State. Made a 2M CW contact, and a few 2M FM contacts right before heading down to the car.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-010

Date:27/05/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-010 (Mount Islip)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
20:42WW7D14MHzSSB
20:45WU7H14MHzSSB
20:46W9MRH14MHzSSB
20:47N0RZ14MHzSSB
20:48K3TCU14MHzSSB
20:49KM3A14MHzSSB
20:50W6FWS14MHzSSB
20:51W7JCO14MHzSSB
20:53NG6R14MHzSSB
20:56W5BOS14MHzSSB
20:57KN6DOQ14MHzSSB
21:02K7GT14MHzSSB
21:33K6LDQ144MHzCW144.060
21:41K6TS7MHzSSB
21:59KG6BPY144MHzFM
22:00KB9ENS144MHzFM
22:01KM6PRE144MHzFM
22:02K6RBS144MHzFM

W6/CT-150 – Second activation

May 10th. This is the second time I activated this summit; read about the first one HERE. 20M was working pretty well. S2S contacts with AG7GP on W7O/CS-073 (20M), and WC6J on W7N/TR-005 (40M). Being early May, the weather was cooler and the flora was green and blooming.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-150

Date:10/05/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-150 (4202) | 

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
21:25N6AN14MHzSSB
21:26N8TE14MHzSSB
21:26K6HPX14MHzSSB
21:28AB6SO14MHzSSB
21:29K3TCU14MHzSSB
21:31NA6LA14MHzSSB
21:31N4EX14MHzSSB
21:32K9EYZ14MHzSSB
21:34KH7HI14MHzSSB
21:35KN6GHM14MHzSSB
21:36NS7P14MHzSSB
21:37WW7D14MHzSSB
21:39NW7E14MHzSSB
21:42AG7GP14MHzSSBS2S W7O/CS-073
21:45N6MKW7MHzSSB
21:56WC6J7MHzSSBS2S W7N/TR-005
21:57NG6R7MHzSSB
Looking up at the first false summit.
Almost to the first false summit.
The top, not much room up here.
Looking back to the trailhead

W6/CT-012

May 9th. Deep QSB on 20M, 40M was a struggle. There was a 6M sprint and a small 2M pile up. Two summit to summit contacts with K6ARK on W6/CT-050, and another with K6PVZ on W6/SC-219.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-012

Date:09/05/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-012 (Waterman Mountain)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
22:16K6LDQ14MHzSSB
22:17W0MNA14MHzSSB
22:18K6QCB14MHzSSB
22:19W0ERI14MHzSSB
22:20NG6R14MHzSSB
22:35W6MVT14MHzSSB
22:45ND0C14MHzSSB
22:47WB7BWZ14MHzSSB
22:55N6DNM7MHzSSB
22:56N0RSR7MHzSSB
22:57KN6GHM7MHzSSB
23:06WW7D7MHzSSB
23:12N6GP50MHzSSB
23:15KG6STU50MHzSSB
23:21K6ARK50MHzSSBS2S – W6/CT-050
23:26K6PVZ50MHzSSBS2S – W6/SC-219
23:36K6RIN144MHzFM
23:37KN6INS144MHzFM
23:38KS6R144MHzFM
23:39K6VQN144MHzFM
23:40KN6HXA144MHzFM
23:41KJ5KG144MHzFM
23:42N6RBH144MHzFM
23:43K6KWI144MHzFM
23:44WD6E144MHzFM
23:45KM6ZPO144MHzFM
23:45N6CVO144MHzFM
23:48K6YYL50MHzSSB
Found the benchmark
Flowing water