W6/CC-003 – Frazier Mountain

This was my third time attempting to activate Frazier Mountain, but this time I found success. The first time I wanted to drive to the top, but my small commuter car with low profile tires was not the correct vehicle for the task. I returned 6 months later with a mountain bike, but deep snow stopped me a few miles up the road. This time, I drove the commuter car a mile or so up Frazier Mountain Road until it got too rocky, parked on the edge of the road and hiked the rest of the way, which was a bit further than I thought! At the top, I pulled out my HT and immediately heard N6JZT for a quick S2S. After, I used 23cm for one microwave QSO, which I believe was just over 100km, my furthest. I then worked 40m, 30m, and 20m CW for additional contacts. I wanted to activate a few other summits in the area, so I packed everything down and headed down to the car.


Total distance: 8.27 mi
Max elevation: 7933 ft
Total climbing: 4423 ft
Total time: 04:13:50
Download file: Fraizer.gpx

Date:07/07/2022 | Summit:W6/CC-003 (Frazier Mountain

21:36N6JZT144MHzFMS45 R55 S2S W6/CT-014
21:37KK6TDU144MHzFMS45 R59
21:38KI6SLA144MHzFMS45 R59
21:49NT6E1240MHzFM%QRA%DM03TU% S51 R51
21:59W7RV7MHzCWS55N R53N
22:00K6YK7MHzCWS57N R58N
22:01K6EL7MHzCWS53N R55N S2S W6/NC-423
22:02KF6HI7MHzCWS58N R54N
22:03N7CW7MHzCWS53N R55N
22:03KR7RK7MHzCWS55N R54N
22:04AF7M7MHzCWS56N R55N
22:06KB7HH7MHzCWS33N R53N
22:07W6TDX7MHzCWS53N R55N
22:09K6STR7MHzCWS57N R55N
22:22N7PHI10MHzCWS33N R53N
22:24K6HPX10MHzCWS57N R53N
22:26N6JZT10MHzCWS58N R599 S2S W6/CT-014
22:40N0IPA14MHzCWS32N R55N
Not a great idea
We can’t have nice things. 🙁
A sign!
Another sign!
Typical views
Water! There were several deer hanging out here on my way down. I felt bad for disturbing them.
RF Equipment
The old fire lookout tower

W6/IN-048 – 5213

This was the last summit of four I activated on a solo camping trip in Lone Pine, and my third climb of the day.  At this point, the temperature was quite warm, and the wind was starting to get a bit unruly.  I parked the car right off Movie Road and started hiking up to the summit.  Once there I used the EFHW, which was tough to wrangle in the wind.  The golf umbrella I used for shade was useless in these conditions.  Worked 20,30, 40M CW and got back down to the car as quickly as I could.


Total distance: 1.2 mi
Max elevation: 5138 ft
Total climbing: 863 ft
Total time: 02:11:52
Download file: W6IN048.gpx

Date:08/04/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-048 (5213)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
20:42 N8FN 7MHz CW S58N R55N
20:43 N6TEM 7MHz CW S54N R52N
20:44 KR7RK 7MHz CW S55N R33N
20:44 K6LDQ 7MHz CW S58N R52N
20:46 W7CBR 7MHz CW S52N R599
20:47 K6EL 7MHz CW S52N R55N S2S W6/NC-423
20:47 NS7P 7MHz CW S589 R54N
20:49 AJ6KZ 7MHz CW S58N R54N S2S W6/CT-015
20:51 K6TUY 7MHz CW S579 R56N
20:52 W7SKH 7MHz CW S559 R599
20:54 N6PKT 7MHz CW S42N R52N
20:56 K6QCB 7MHz CW S53N R53N
21:05 WA6LE 10MHz CW S559 R58N S2S W6/ND-144
21:08 KN6FNY 10MHz CW S58N R55N
21:10 WW7D 10MHz CW S52N R33N
21:11 WU7H 10MHz CW S42N R22N
21:13 AG6ZE 10MHz CW S57N R55N
21:14 AI6QZ 10MHz CW S57N R55N
21:20 KE6IWM 144MHz FM S59 R59
21:26 F4WBN 14MHz CW S44N R599
21:28 AC7P 14MHz CW S52N R44N
21:29 WA2USA 14MHz CW S529 R459
21:30 N0IPA 14MHz CW S44N R42N
21:31 KF9D 14MHz CW S52N R52N
21:33 W9VNE 14MHz CW S42N R44N
21:36 N5JST 14MHz CW S42N R55N
21:38 AI5EZ 14MHz CW S53N R55N
21:40 N7ZQ 14MHz CW S53N R55N


W6/IN-045 – 5396

This was my first summit in a series of four while solo camping in Lone Pine.  I had just drove up from Los Angeles, found a place to camp, setup my tent, relaxed a bit, then headed over to W6/IN-046, also known as “Rattlesnake Hill”.  There was no apparent trail to the summit, so I parked my car in a small clearing and just headed up the mountain, watching out for rattle snakes on my way.  Once the steep part was out of the way I picked up what looked like a use-trail and followed it up the the geographical summit.  Used a vertical and worked 20M.  One contact on 2M with a local who told me to watch out for snakes.  When heading down, I picked up on a much better trail.  I’ll take this way up next time.


Total distance: 2.03 mi
Max elevation: 5322 ft
Total climbing: 1624 ft
Total time: 02:30:53
Download file: W6IN045.gpx

Date:07/04/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-045 (5396)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
21:35 AC7P 14MHz CW S559 R559
21:36 W4KRN 14MHz CW S57N R44N
21:38 N0IPA 14MHz CW S33N R42N
21:43 KF9D 14MHz CW S55N R55N
21:44 W0RLY 14MHz CW S57N R57N
21:46 VE7HI 14MHz CW S57N R33N
21:47 WG0AT 14MHz CW S33N R54N
21:52 W5BOS 14MHz CW S599 R55N
21:54 WV0Q 14MHz CW S55N R53N
21:55 NU7A 14MHz CW S54N R33N
21:58 WX1S 14MHz CW S52N R55N
22:01 KD6TLE 144MHz FM S59 R59



W6/SS-449 – 5200

This was my second summit of four on a solo camping trip in Lone Pine.  After waking up at Portuguese Joe campground, I packed up my tent and made a quick breakfast before pointing my commuter car down movie road to the trailhead.  This was an easy drive in my small car.  One could take a 4×4 all the way to the top, but it gets kinda sketchy in a couple spots.  At the top I used an EFHW and worked through a pileup on 40M, then over to 30M.  One S2S up to San Francisco.  2.5 miles of hiking and a bit over 1K elevation.


Total distance: 2.51 mi
Max elevation: 5125 ft
Total climbing: 1296 ft
Total time: 02:14:06
Download file: W6SS449.gpx

Date:08/04/2022 | Summit:W6/SS-449 (5200)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
16:30 K6EL 7MHz CW S559 R559 S2S W6/NC-423
16:30 WW7D 7MHz CW S57N R42N
16:33 KF6HI 7MHz CW S58N R55N
16:33 K6LDQ 7MHz CW S57N R55N
16:34 K6QCB 7MHz CW S55N R53N
16:36 NS7P 7MHz CW S57N R559
16:36 NA6MG 7MHz CW S57N R55N
16:39 W6TDX 7MHz CW S52N R55N
16:40 N6PKT 7MHz CW S53N R52N
16:42 N8FN 7MHz CW S42N R33N
16:43 K7S0 7MHz CW S42N R22N
16:44 WU7H 7MHz CW S52N R52N
16:45 KR7RK 7MHz CW S55N R55N
16:53 WB7ULD 10MHz CW S55N R57N
16:55 WB5USB 10MHz CW S52N R53N
16:57 K6YK 10MHz CW S42N R22N
16:59 KF7WI 10MHz CW S52N R51N
17:00 K6HPX 10MHz CW S58N R51N
17:02 KK7LK 10MHz CW S55N R55N


W6/SS-636 – Alabama Hills

This was my third summit of four on a solo camping trip in Lone Pine.  The hike up was a relatively short cross country jaunt, less than a mile, but just under 1K elevation gain so kinda steep.  Up top I used a tri-band vertical; not much room for a end fed.  Worked 20,30,40M CW for about 30 minutes before packing down and heading to W6/IN-048


Total distance: 1.31 mi
Max elevation: 5308 ft
Total climbing: 984 ft
Total time: 01:44:45
Download file: W6SS636.gpx

Date:08/04/2022 | Summit:W6/SS-636 (Alabama Hills)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
18:40 KN6FNY 10MHz CW S58N R55N
18:41 NS7P 10MHz CW S55N R55N
18:42 K6HPX 10MHz CW S57N R559
18:42 KF6HI 10MHz CW S58N R55N
18:44 WW7D 10MHz CW S339 R319
18:47 WU7H 10MHz CW S22N R33N
18:59 K7WFM 14MHz CW S559 R519
19:00 WA5AFD 14MHz CW S56N R45N
19:01 WU7H 14MHz CW S599 R55N
19:01 N7SM 14MHz CW S57N R599
19:03 WA2USA 14MHz CW S51N R33N
19:06 W5ODS 14MHz CW S52N R43N