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.



(Update 05-09-2022 – a server migration, plugin and php update revealed the timestamps on this .gpx file are broken. I’ve added fake times so this page renders correctly)

Total distance: 2.95 mi
Max elevation: 3083 ft
Total climbing: 688 ft
Total time: 00:08:48
Download file: KelsoDunes.gpx

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

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
21:08 W9MRH 14MHz SSB 55 52
21:09 N0WAE 14MHz SSB 21:09
21:10 W0MNA 14MHz SSB 55 55
21:11 AC1Z 14MHz SSB 21:11
21:11 WW7D 14MHz SSB 55 56
21:12 KF4BY 14MHz SSB 59 57
21:13 WB7BWZ 14MHz SSB 59 53
21:14 W0ERI 14MHz SSB 55 55
21:16 KI6EAB/W4 14MHz SSB Florida 55 55
21:23 KR7RK 7MHz SSB S2S W7A/MN-120 52 53
21:24 N7MAM 7MHz SSB 59 51
21:25 K7SO 7MHz SSB 55 44
21:26 WA7JTM 7MHz SSB S2S WA7/CS-049 59 56
21:28 W7RV 7MHz SSB 59 42
Trailhead, summit in view
Sand Angel
Ebun and Kel hiking up
Station in the sand