W6/CD-019 – Kelso Dunes

Kel, Ebun, and myself camped out in the Mojave National Preserve in February to do some hiking. I’ve always wanted to climb Kelso Dunes, and as it turns out, it’s also a SOTA summit! These dunes are neat because there are several endemic species of insects. In addition, the sand makes a very low frequency booming sound when you walk over it. The trailhead is easy to find, three miles down a graded dirt road that intersects with Kelbaker Road. The first mile of trail is pretty flat, with increasing grade for the last half mile or so. At the top, I was able to sink my antenna mast directly into the sand, firmly securing if from wind gusts. I self spotted on APRS so the chasers could find me, made two S2S contacts on 40M, didn’t bother trying any UHF/ VHF.


Total distance: 2.96 mi
Max elevation: 3087 ft
Min elevation: 2562 ft
Total climbing: 709 ft
Average speed: 0.00 m/s

Date:19/02/2021 | Summit:W6/CD-019 (Kelso Dunes (HP))

21:08W9MRH14MHzSSB55 52
21:10W0MNA14MHzSSB55 55
21:11WW7D14MHzSSB55 56
21:12KF4BY14MHzSSB59 57
21:13WB7BWZ14MHzSSB59 53
21:14W0ERI14MHzSSB55 55
21:16KI6EAB/W414MHzSSBFlorida 55 55
21:23KR7RK7MHzSSBS2S W7A/MN-120 52 53
21:24N7MAM7MHzSSB59 51
21:25K7SO7MHzSSB55 44
21:26WA7JTM7MHzSSBS2S WA7/CS-049 59 56
21:28W7RV7MHzSSB59 42
Trailhead, summit in view
Sand Angel
Ebun and Kel hiking up
Station in the sand