Well, another hike up Waterman. I chose Friday because the weather was predicted warm, and it was, I think it got to 45F or 50F up top. Not good for keeping the snow base for the ski area, which hasn’t been able to open yet (“Snow from the heavens not from the hoses”). Though there was enough snow cover for snow shoeing up the jeep track and over to the top.
On the way up stopped by Newcomb’s as usual and had a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns toast and coffee. Chatted with Darren, who has been the manager/bar tender there for years and years. Then continued up Angeles Crest Highway to the Waterman trail, and a rather tedious snow show trek up the jeep road. Just wearing a tee shirt since it was so warm. After 1 hour 50 minutes got to the top, set up the dipole a few feet down from the summit, and had a good boulder to put the radio on. Started CW on 20 meters, then after half an hour went to SSB, then CW on 10 MHz.
During the operation, Todd came by…he is the caretaker and mechanical wizard for the Mt Waterman ski area. He had been doing some work at the top of Chair 3 (on the other summit ridge) and had heard the Morse Code and was curious as to what was going on. He said a couple of hams had come up in the summer to do Field Day.
A couple of QSOs on 10 MHz with K6ILM and KU6J, they were incredibly strong. Then packed up and headed down the mountain. At the top of Chair 1 said hi to Todd again, he was doing a little work in the lift house, supervised by his tabby cats “Squeak” and “Kit-Kat”. Stopped for an Irish Coffee at Newcomb’s, which really hit the spot.
14 MHz CW: W4RK, VE7CV, NS7P, W7CNL, W0MNA, WB5BKL, W6UB, K4PIC, KH2TJ, WA8REI, N4EX, N7EAA, N0ZH, W4ZV, N4MJ, VE7NI, N1VWD
14 MHz SSB : W0MNA, W7CNL, W7TAO, W7JEE, W6JP
10 MHz CW: K6ILM, KU6J