I went up to Mill Creek Summit at 4900 ft 6 days ago with the intent of riding again to Little Gleason but the wind was blowing too strongly from the North, so I went over to Vetter Mountain for a ride, but didn’t take the radio up. Today was predicted with light winds from the south west, that’s OK; the first 2 miles of the ride are to the North. When I got to the start of the ride there was no wind, yay!
There were many trucks heading up Mt. Gleason road, I think for HV line work. As I rode maybe a dozen pickups and one heavy truck passed but it was OK. Some of the pickups were towing trailers containing fuel for helicopter work, which I could see and hear later from time to time. On the HT, contacted Mike N6MKW who was just heading up Mt Emma W6 CT-029.
Up the paved road for five and a half miles, then the dirt road another half mile to the summit. Had to push quite a bit up the steep dirt road like last time. It was even harder as the rain a few weeks ago had formed channels in the road.
Started on 20m, then to 30m, then 2m and back to 20m. When I went back to 20m I heard NM5S just starting his activation so that was a good QSO!
2m FM: N6MKW, KA6AIL
20m CW: N7WM W0MNA W0ERI W7CNL VE7KBN NS7P K9ZMD NA6MG W7OIL K0YO K6TUY NE4TN N1EU K7NEW AA5CK WI2W NM5S(s2s W5N SE-011) K7SO
30m CW: W7RV K7NEW W7USA KB7HH N6GA K6TUY WB5USB
After I had packed up I worked Bob KB6CIO on the Catalina repeater, he told me Martin WN6E was on the air with a first activation of Frankish Peak W6 CT-151. Dang! I should have called Bob when I still had the HF set up. We tried 2m simplex but no go since no line of sight. Oh well, better luck next time.