This is a one point summit near Whittier, and my first activation of the day of three planned. I parked the car at the end of Vantage Point Drive and headed up the paved road to the summit. After a very short walk I came to a locked gate with several “keep out” signs. This gate didn’t look like the area where others activated, so I wasn’t sure if I was in the activation zone. I considered hopping the fence and climbing a small hill, but there were several long horn cattle in the area and I liked the idea of a fence between me and them. I called another SOTA station on the next summit over, they said the gate area is where they activated in the past. They also shared an story of how a rancher found them on the other side of the gate and was not too happy about it. Still skeptical about actually being in the activation zone, I didn’t bother setting up the HF station and just used HTs. Made seven, 2M FM contacts, and one, 1.2GHz FM contact, 3 S2S. Back at the house, I checked activation.zone and found I was indeed in the correct place.
Sorry, no video or .gpx file for this report. I might update this in the future.
Date:28/01/2022 | Summit:W6/CT-240 (1428)
|18:28||K6KWI||144MHz||FM||S58 R59 S2S W6/CT-242|
|18:50||N6AN||144MHz||FM||S56 R55 S2S W6/CT-146|
|19:01||N6ARA||1240MHz||FM||S59 R59 S2S W6/CT-242|