VHF only activation of two peaks in the Lake Arrowhead area. These are both drive ups, and easy to find on Google Maps. GPS will probably take you straight to the top. There was a heatwave in Los Angeles, so I didn’t feel super enthusiastic about going on a hike, but I wanted to get out of the house and on the air. The first summit of the day was Strawberry peak (not to be confused with the other Strawberry Peak!). This peak is covered in RF equipment, with little room to property setup a HF antenna. My Yaesu 817 was full noise in the 2 meter band, with the squelch al the way closed, which made making contacts interesting. I quickly made the required contacts (plus a few more) and headed over to Keller Peak. This summit is also covered in RF equipment and a fire lookout tower. There isn’t much room on the summit, but I ended up finding a spot under the tower, and behind a large rock in an attempt to block RF. Contacts came easily, and I was wrapping up after about 10 minutes at the top. Overall, beautiful area, and a nice summer drive.
Date:20/08/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-086 (Strawberry Peak)
Date:20/08/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-013 (Keller Peak)
My wife and I were itching to get out of the house, so I suggested a day trip up to Frazier to check out some of the easy summits in the area. At the time, there was a heat wave throughout Southern California, so I wasn’t in the mood to do much hiking! We started out by heading up to Frazier Mountain, W6/CC-003, a drive up. The first half of the road was paved, but after a few miles the road splits at a campground and turns to dirt. I attempted to pilot my Fiat 500 carefully down the dirt, but quickly found this wasn’t the best idea with minimal ground clearance and low profile tires. We turned around and headed to Mt. Pinos. Getting there is easy on the paved road, which ends at a large parking area at several trail heads. The hike up is beautiful, through a tree canopy which eventually opens up to meadows of wildflowers. Made several contacts on 20, 40 and 2 meters, including three summit 2 summits.
Max elevation: 8852 ft
Min elevation: 8343 ft
Total climbing: 938 ft
Average speed: 1.17 m/s
Date:14/08/2020 | Summit:W6/CC-002 (Mount Pinos)
|20:08||KC9TZM||144MHz||FM||59 59 – Trucker|
|20:21||KA7GPP||14MHz||SSB||52 52 S2S W7W/CH-223|
|20:30||W6PZA||14MHz||SSB||45 33 S2S W70/CE-059|
|20:43||K6EL||7MHz||SSB||56 55 S2S W6/NC-298|
This is a fun 8 point SOTA hike, which is around 5 miles round trip. Note: If you’re looking at a map, the actual summit is past Mount Williamson; keep going and follow Pleasant View Ridge to a peak named 8248. If you keep going even further, you will run into Pallet Mountain, the site of a C-119 aircraft crash.
Max elevation: 8264 ft
Min elevation: 6696 ft
Total climbing: 2113 ft
Average speed: 0.97 m/s
Date:31/07/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-247 (Mount Williamson)