W6/CT-060 – 7940

7940 is the second summit I activated for the SoCal Sota Fest up in Big Bear. After waking up at camp, I headed across the Holcomb Valley via 3N16 and parked the van just off the side of the road when I was close enough to the summit. I heard this would be easy to cycle, so brought my mountain bike and started climbing up. The road was recently graded and somewhat hard packed in some areas, so it was a pretty easy ride. Turns out this whole area is a strip mine, and these roads were graded for mining efforts. Other than a few parked earth moving machines, there was no actual mining activity, or official personal around at all. When I got to the the highest point I could find, I still wasn’t at the actual summit according to the GPS map; the actual summit had turned into a giant pit! Across this large pit, I could see two other stations in an area with some flora left, I think it was N1CLC and KX6I? After working a few stations on 2M, and SSB, two other hams came up to the summit, AE6NH and KG6MWQ, who setup a 4 element yagi for 2M. My HT picked up at least one packet from the APRS digipeater in Goldfield, NV, they pointed their beam that way. Worked 20m, 40m SSB, 30m CW and 2m FM. I packed my station up and blasted down the hill on the MTB. Excited to be in the shade with an ice cold drink from my cooler, I realized my GPS was not with me anymore, so I hiked all the way back up to the summit looking for it. Luckily I found it on the ground, a short distance from the gate.


(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: 2.35 mi
Max elevation: 7931 ft
Total climbing: 525 ft
Total time: 00:07:02
Download file: W6CT060.gpx

Date:07/08/2021 | Summit:W6/CT-060 (7940)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
15:57 K6KWI 144MHz FM S59 R59 S2S W6/CT-013
16:12 K6TNT 14MHz SSB S59 R59 S2S W6/CT-050
16:19 K6ARK 14MHz SSB S59 R59 S2S W6/CT-053
16:32 NJ7V 7MHz CW S599 R599 S2S W6/CT-054
16:45 K7HZ 10MHz CW S559 R559
16:53 K5DEZ 10MHz CW S559 R559
16:55 K6MW 10MHz CW S5NN R55N
17:05 K6LDQ 144MHz FM S59 R57
17:06 KN6GOG 144MHz FM S59 R59
17:07 NA6MG 144MHz FM S59 R59
Typical road condition
Parked earth moving machines
Road blocked to motor vehicles
Boaring holes every 40 feet or so. The first one I saw, I thought it was from an animal of some kind.
The existing summit