W6/CT-240 – 1428

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)

18:28K6KWI144MHzFMS58 R59 S2S W6/CT-242
18:35K6LDQ144MHzFMS59 R59
18:40KI6SLA144MHzFMS59 R59
18:44WA6WV144MHzFMS59 R59
18:50N6AN144MHzFMS56 R55 S2S W6/CT-146
18:52KM6UHU144MHzFMS55 R59
18:53K6ARU144MHzFMS59 R54
19:01N6ARA1240MHzFMS59 R59 S2S W6/CT-242
The gate is indeed in the activation zone
I parked here then walked up the road to the gate
Windows XP hills, with longhorn cattle
Closed gate
I was actually thinking about jumping over the fence