W6/SS-405 – Wyleys Knob

Wyleys Knob is a drive-up summit west of the 14 in the Southern Sierras. To get there, I pulled off the road into Jawbone OHV area, and wiggled my way over the California Aqueduct, past Kiavih Wilderness, and over to Bird Springs Canyon Road. From there, you go through Bird Springs pass which was well stocked with water for PCT hikers. Shortly after the PCT, make a left up to the summit. Once there, I was delighted to find an old AT&T long lines tower (I think these are neat). At the top, I found refuge from the heat in the shade of one of the equipment shelters. This didn’t allow me to setup my antenna in an optimal way, but I gave it a shot anyways. Worked three bands, 30m, 40m, and 20m, but only made 5 contacts in about 20 minutes of calling CQ. Was this solar conditions or my crummy antenna deployment? At this point, I was hungry, so I packed up and headed to a interesting rock formation with a shady tree below the summit for lunch.


Date:20/05/2023 |  Summit:W6/SS-405 (Wyleys Knob) 

19:51N6PKT10MHzCWS33N R52N
19:56W6TDX10MHzCWS33N R44N
20:04K6HPX7MHzCWS52N R51N
20:06W6LOR7MHzCWS51N R57N
20:09K6STR7MHzCWS51N R51N

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