W6/ND-334 – Alpine Butte

This was my second activation of the day, having just left Lovejoy Butte earlier. I parked my small car as far up 136th Street East as I could and walked the short distance to the base of the butte. From here it’s just a short scramble to the top. Once at the summit, I found thousands of red flying ants, the same I’ve seen at other desert summits. I wonder why they like peaks so much? Not wanting to get friendly with them I setup my endfed half wave just off to the side. I had just over an hour before UTC time changed so I worked quickly while I noticed a monsoon coming my way. The the middle of a QSO on 20M, I felt a big fat raindrop, then a few more. I quickly tore my station down, scrambled down the butte and over to the car. By the time I got to the intersection of 136th street and Ave O, the rain was absolutely pouring to the point my wipers couldn’t keep up. Driving around a bit I noted the washes, dry most of the time, were starting to turn into rivers. I stopped at a high point and walked around in the desert to enjoy the rain before heading back to Los Angeles, where it didn’t rain at all.


Total distance: 0.83 mi
Max elevation: 3166 ft
Total climbing: 597 ft
Total time: 01:41:57
Download file: Alpine_AG6N.gpx

Date:11/09/2022 | Summit:W6/ND-334 (Alpine Butte)

22:58NT6E7MHzCWS599 R55N
22:59KE6MT7MHzCWS57N R55N
23:05KN6EZE7MHzCWS599 R599 S2S W6/ND-257
23:06KR7RK7MHzCWS57N R55N
23:07KF6HI7MHzCWS58N R549
23:09N6CVQ7MHzCWS55N R57N
23:10KN6RDC7MHzCWS51N R52N
23:12K7EA7MHzCWS53N R53N
23:12K7GUD7MHzCWS56N R51N
23:13KD7LX7MHzCWS51N R52N
23:15WB6POT7MHzCWS57N R57N
23:16K6CPR7MHzCWS58N R55N
23:17NA7C7MHzCWS56N R44N
23:20KK9TT7MHzCWS57N R599
23:30AF7M10MHzCWS56N R55N
23:31WW7D10MHzCWS54N R42N
23:43W4KRN14MHzCWS51N R42N
23:45VE7HI14MHzCWS51N R33N
23:48VE7JH14MHzCWS42N R57N S2S VE7/CL-047

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