W6/CT-025 – Josephine Peak

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.

https://summits.sota.org.uk/summit/W6/CT-025

Date:10/Dec/2019 Summit:W6/CT-025 (Josephine Peak) 

TimeCallBandModeNotes
22:40zKM6CJK433MHzFM
22:53zKJ6MCO144MHzFM
22:55zAD6JK144MHzFM
22:56zKD6UTC144MHzFM
22:57zAI6ZV144MHzFM
22:58zKM6RKK144MHzFM
22:59zK6LDQ144MHzFM
23:02zKG6MDH144MHzFM
23:05zKN6EIE144MHzFM
23:07zKI6NAZ144MHzFM
23:11zKM6TNT144MHzFM
23:19zZL2IFB14MHzSSB
23:20zW0MA14MHzSSB
23:21zW0ERI14MHzSSB
23:35zWU7H7MHzSSB
23:39zNW7E7MHzSSB

Trails leading up to the top
Looking up at the summit
Small shelter and some microwave equipment
Strawberry Peak and Mount Lawlor from the summit
My ride up to the top

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