San Pedro Hill (W6/SC-345) 1470 ft, 23 May 2014

San Pedro Hill is the high point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It is not far from my house. The summit is shared by an FAA site and a private housing development. I drove up Crest Road and walked to the activation zone at the end. Crest Road ends at the FAA site entrance and the locked gate of the private city of Rolling Hills.

Previously, I had tried twice before on 2m but never had any QSOs. I had also scouted the south side of the hill, there is city park land there but the ham radio is blocked to the north and east, so would be best from there to VK and JA I guess.

FAA radar site with giant log periodic antenna
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Worked Jeff K6QCB and Dan NA6MG on 2m. Jeff was weak from Rancho Cucamonga and could barely hear me, Dan was S9. Maybe there is a hill in the way from Jeff’s QTH. Dan suggested I set up for HF, so attached the mast to a sign post and strung out the 20m dipole. I had hoped to work Mike N6MKW on 2m but I guess there was no line of sight so didn’t hear him. He was up on Whitaker Peak (W6 SC-076)  60 miles away.

The operating site was not particularly pleasant or scenic so didn’t stay long
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Was spotted quickly on 20m and made some more QSOs. There was an S2 noise level on 20m so it was more like the home QTH (S6 noise) than the National Forest mountains I am used to.

2m FM: K6QCB NA6MG
20m CW: AE9F W7CNL K6EL(S2S W6 NC-423) NE4TN K4PIC NS7P K6TUY

A huge number of RF systems
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Some nice bougainvillea
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Crest Road to the right. Popular with bicyclists to enjoy the fast ride down.
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Nice views on the drive back to the house
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73!
Hal
N6JZT

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