How to replace a screen on a Yaesu FT2D amateur radio. This piece of equipment is essential to my SOTA operations, so it was important to fix! Also, learn from my mistakes and find out how to keep you SD card intact. Cheers!
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.
Date:24/Jan/2020 Summit:W6/CT-014 (Kratka Ridge)
Max elevation: 7520 ft
Min elevation: 6762 ft
Average speed: 0.76 m/s
Total time: 04:15:42
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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.
Date:11/Jan/2020 Summit:W6/CT-018 (Strawberry Peak)
Max elevation: 6161 ft
Min elevation: 4639 ft
Average speed: 0.95 m/s
Total time: 02:16:54
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!
Date:09/Jan/2020 Summit:W6/CT-098 (Occidental Peak)
Max elevation: 5735 ft
Min elevation: 5505 ft
Average speed: 0.00 m/s
Max elevation: 33 ft
Min elevation: -43 ft
Average speed: 1.89 m/s
Total time: 04:50:04
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!
Date:03/Jan/2020 Summit:W6/CT-158 (4020)
Max elevation: 4029 ft
Min elevation: 4016 ft
Average speed: 0.83 m/s
Total time: 00:04:49
Another day off work means another SOTA activation. I had Josephine Peak on my radar because there is a fire road all the way to the top, which means I could ride a bike up to the summit. I made it a bit over a mile up the road before I needed to stop and walk. After that it was intermittent riding/ pushing. There are several switchbacks which make the grade a bit easier, but these obviously add quite a bit of distance to the route – something I didn’t think about when starting this activation. At the top of the summit there is evidence of a fire lookout tower, and a small shelter for radio equipment. I made a surprising amount of contacts on 2M given it was a Tuesday; 20M and 40M felt quiet but I still managed a few contacts on each. It got cold and dark quickly, so I tore the station down and headed to my car which was parked on highway 2. The downhill ride was fast; I was on both brakes hard the entire way to maintain a reasonable speed. Overall, this was a fun activation.
Date:10/Dec/2019 Summit:W6/CT-025 (Josephine Peak)
Max elevation: 5554 ft
Min elevation: 3615 ft
Average speed: 0.00 m/s
Date:10/Dec/2019 Summit:W6/CT-019 (San Gabriel Peak)
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Max elevation: 6175 ft
Min elevation: 5108 ft
Average speed: 0.00 m/s
Total time: 00:42:43
The cabin on Burke was full of killer bees which made it risky to clean up the property. I contacted the High Desert Bee Keeping Society asking if anyone wanted to take the mean bees, but they informed me Landers bees were extremely aggressive, and they should be exterminated. At first, I thought it would be easy enough to buy a $30 Amazon prime bee suit and spray the hives down with bug spray, and call it a day. Kel wouldn’t let me do that so we called a local pest control company. After the first treatment, the bees seemed more pissed off than before. A second treatment didn’t take them out either. Finally, after the third visit, the pest control company said they just need to remove the hive (something I wanted to do to save money) because there were still pissed off bees everywhere. I happily obliged. The pest control company ripped out the wall from the inside of the cabin and the hive was bigger than I imagined! Photos below.
After the hives were pulled out from the wall.