W6/CT-014 Kratka Ridge

Deep snow made hiking up difficult. I took a different way down which was much easier. I now know what show shoes are for. Tracks below is round trip; I got a tip on what could be a better way up. Made my first SOTA contact on 6M. Met SOTA Hal in person at the end of my activation.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-014

Date:24/Jan/2020 Summit:W6/CT-014 (Kratka Ridge)

TimeCallBandModeNotes
21:46zN6JZT144MHzFM
21:52zK6LDQ144MHzFM
22:20zKM6CEM144MHzFM
22:23zKM4HSD144MHzFM
22:24zK6YYL144MHzFM
22:25zNA6MG144MHzFM
22:26zK6QCB144MHzFM
22:27zKI6RF144MHzFM
22:30zKM6ZCU144MHzFM
22:49zK6YYL50MHzFM
22:56zK6YYL14MHzSSB
22:59zN6DXN14MHzSSB
23:01zW0MNA14MHzSSB
23:03zW0ERI14MHzSSB
23:05zKD6HDX14MHzSSB
23:28zN6DNM7MHzSSB
23:29zWU7H7MHzSSB
Total distance: 2.08 mi
Max elevation: 7520 ft
Min elevation: 6762 ft
Average speed: 0.76 m/s
Total time: 04:15:42
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W6/CT-018 – Strawberry Peak

I hiked up to Strawberry Peak on a Saturday with some friends. Turns out that this is a very popular hike among Los Angeles denizens. I would do this again, on a weekday as the summit was crowded with noisy folks at one point. I made several contacts on 2M, including two summit to summit contacts. 20M seemed dead (spotted over APRS). I tried 40M, got nothing but later found out my spot didn’t make it out.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-018

Date:11/Jan/2020 Summit:W6/CT-018 (Strawberry Peak) 

TimeCallBandModeNotes
20:45zWA6VVC144MHzFM
20:47zK6LDQ144MHzFM
20:50zKJ6OKV144MHzFM
20:52zKN6DFX144MHzFMS->S W6/CT-022
20:54zKK6URQ144MHzFM
20:58zKK6TLN144MHzFM
20:59zWA6TK144MHzFM
21:03zKK6WHT144MHzFM
21:06zN6AN144MHzFMS->S W6/CT-262
21:08zWA9STI144MHzFM
21:10zKG6DNY144MHzFM
21:13zN6YDT144MHzFM
21:21zW0MNA14MHzSSB
21:23zW0ERI14MHzSSB
21:27zN6NKW14MHzSSB
21:30zW5ODS14MHzSSB

Total distance: 3.58 mi
Max elevation: 6161 ft
Min elevation: 4639 ft
Average speed: 0.95 m/s
Total time: 02:16:54
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Los Angeles is somewhere out there
Picknick + SOTA
Standard issue SOTA station
Typical view
Hiking crew just below the summit
Hiking down
Summit Log bolted to this rock, which was completely full.

W6/CT-098 – Occidental Peak

I almost dismissed this summit as another SOTA activator I spoke with said this hike wasn’t worth it, but after going the trail up the trail myself, I would respectfully disagree. Most of the hike is under shady trees, making it ideal for a summer getaway from the city. The summit offers several nice sitting rocks and great views. The trail is difficult to follow at times, so downloading the tracks below for your GPS may be helpful. 73!

https://summits.sota.org.uk/summit/W6/CT-098

Date:09/Jan/2020 Summit:W6/CT-098 (Occidental Peak)

TimeCallBandModeNotes
21:19zKM6AVH144MHzFM
21:20zKF6FLJ144MHzFM
21:21zK6LDQ144MHzFM
21:24zW6EL144MHzFM
21:25zKM6PFM144MHzFM
21:27zKK6TDU144MHzFM
21:32zW6DVI144MHzFM
21:36zW6KLE144MHzFM
21:41zKB3UUS144MHzFM
21:50zKM6UPQ144MHzFM
21:54zKI6RF144MHzFM
21:56zKD6FR144MHzFM
22:10zN4EX14MHzSSB
22:11zN0RZ14MHzSSB
22:13zN1AW14MHzSSB
22:16zNR0R14MHzSSB100mW!
22:20zAI60Z14MHzSSB
22:22zW7RPE14MHzSSB
22:25zK3TCU14MHzSSB
22:28zWA6QDQ14MHzSSB/KH6 HAWAII
22:37zN6RL14MHzSSB
22:40zKZ9W14MHzSSB
22:55zKE6MT7MHzSSB
23:02zK6HPX7MHzSSB
23:03zW7RV7MHzSSB
23:05zK0KM7MHzSSB
23:08zKM6CND7MHzSSB

Total distance: 1.07 mi
Max elevation: 5735 ft
Min elevation: 5505 ft
Average speed: 0.00 m/s
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Most of this hike is shaded with oak.
Slab from an old communication site. You pass by a modern site leading up to this point
View from the trail
Summit log tucked into some rocks
I see a few SOTA folks signed the log
View of TV Village from the summit.

2nd Annual January 6th Sailing!

Total distance: 19.96 mi
Max elevation: 33 ft
Min elevation: -43 ft
Average speed: 1.89 m/s
Total time: 04:50:04
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W6/CT-158 – 4020

This is probably the easiest SOTA activation I’ve done to date. Next time I activate this peak I may bring heavier equipment! There is a road all the way to a Nike missile site (LA-94), then a short walk up to the benchmark, which reads Camp 9. Be aware that you need to drive through the fire camp, which consists of buildings on both sides of the road leading to the top. When I activated this summit, there were several fire fighters training in the road, but nobody seemed to mind that I was there. I setup my station near the benchmark and made several contacts on 2M and 20M. 40M was very quiet. Thanks to all the chasers!

https://summits.sota.org.uk/summit/W6/CT-158

Date:03/Jan/2020 Summit:W6/CT-158 (4020) 

TimeCallBandModeNotes
21:12zKF6FLJ144MHzFM
21:14zN6BKL144MHzFM
21:16zAI6ZV144MHzFM
21:17zKK6TLN144MHzFM
21:18zKN6GOM144MHzFM
21:20zWA9STE144MHzFM
21:27zN6JZT144MHzFMHAL
21:30zKM6UPQ144MHzFMBOTA
21:39zN4EX14MHzSSB
21:40zW0ERI14MHzSSB
21:41zNA6MG14MHzSSB
21:42zW0MNA14MHzSSB
21:43zNG6R14MHzSSB
21:44zVE6AGR14MHzSSB
21:46zW5ODS14MHzSSB
21:48zAC1Z14MHzSSB
21:49zK6LDQ14MHzSSB

Total distance: 0.09 mi
Max elevation: 4029 ft
Min elevation: 4016 ft
Average speed: 0.83 m/s
Total time: 00:04:49
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