I set out from my home in Los Angeles to activate three buttes in the Antelope Valley area. Lovejoy was the first of the day. Of course, I can never get out of the house at a reasonable time so I arrived around noon to my starting point on 145th Street East. It was hotter than I expected but I have a large golf umbrella for days like this, and it proved absolutely critical for both the hike and activation. You can make out a faint use trail up to the summit from the road, and accessing that trail requires navigating various moto trails, deep soft sand, and piles of dumped construction materials. Closer to the top is a faint use trail which goes to the summit. Worked 2M, 40M, 30M CW with a S2S on each band. Worked 20M CW with zero contacts which surprised me. The hike was under two miles but I drank two liters of water. Back at the car I had a snack and more water before heading over to the next butte.
Max elevation: 3258 ft
Total climbing: 1089 ft
Total time: 02:29:26
Date:11/09/2022 | Summit:W6/ND-323 (Lovejoy Buttes)
|20:45||KN6TMT||144MHz||FM||S59 R59 S2S W6/SD-141|
|21:08||KD0YOB||10MHz||CW||S33N R33N S2S W0C/PR-093|
|21:14||KN6EZE||10MHz||CW||S58N R5NN S2S W6/ND-241|