Bicycle to Kagel Mountain (W6 CT-170) 14 February 2014

In England, a non-motorized bicycle is sometimes called a pushbike as opposed to a motorbike. This seems appropriate for today; it was too steep for me on this dirt road so I pushed the bike up the mountain about 90% of the time! There were a very few sections not so steep, and some downhills. It took an hour to get to the top. I brought the heavy IC-706 and the big 20Ah Lithium battery which weighs 7 pounds. All that combined with antenna and water made the load in the saddle bags about 20 pounds.

View of Magic Mountain
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Worked Bob KB6CIO on the Catalina repeater and 7 MHz SSB. He spotted me for 24 MHz SSB, thanks Bob! Made loads of contacts, including DX into England, Norway, Finland, Germany, Belgium and Poland. The big battery gave me the luxury of operating 100W on SSB.

7 MHz SSB: KB6CIO
24 MHz SSB: LA5WKA W0MNA W0ERI KI0G N7UN K6TUY G4OBK W6UB K0LAF VE2JFM DJ5AV VA2LU N4MJ ON4FI KK1W OH9XX AB5RT KB1RJD KB1RJC SP2XDW KF4MH
10 MHz CW: NS7P N7AMA W7RV NA6MG WA6RIC K7NEW W7CNL WB5USB AA5CK VE7KBN K6TUY KB7HH
14 MHz CW: NK6A K0JQZ AD5A(S2S W5N PW-037) AE4FZ W8AQ KG3W W7CNL K9ZMD W4DOW
14 MHz SSB; N6MKW (Mike) s2s on W6 CT-019 San Gabriel Peak, line of sight about 20 miles away

Very comfortable operating position. The temperature was mild (80 degrees when I got back to the car!) and the trees provided some nice shade.
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Yes, this is a weird picture, the camera was on the ground, the wind sock is for the hang gliders
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Mendenhall Ridge
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The road back. It took half an hour to get down. My hands were tired from gripping the brake levers hard to keep my speed safe.
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Thanks everyone!

73!
Hal
N6JZT

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Jordan says:

    Interesting Read

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