This was a nice activation, with a lot of summit to summit and 2 meter activity. Left the house just after 0400. The Jeep was getting a new computer “brain” installed, so drove a new Nissan Altima rental that Budget was giving me for only $105 a week! Much quieter and more comfortable than the Jeep, I must say.
Started around 0600 at the Pacific Crest Trail at mile marker 62.5. Nice hike up, working Neil K6KWI along the way. He was already at W6 CT-158 Los Pinetos (aka “Fernando 2 Benchmark”), along with Bob KB6CIO and Martin WN6E.
Reached the central summit, and worked on 2 meters for 15 minutes: K6TW Tim mobile heading to the southern Sierras for some SOTA, KK6JRX Albert, Martin WN6E, Mike N6MKW who was not yet on the summit of Little Gleason, Bob KB6CIO and Neil K6KWI.
I then decided to go over to the north summit (5 minutes away), since I had not operated from that point before. Both the central and the north are in the activation zone, but the south point which you hike over first, is not.
Continuing on 2 meters, worked Hassan N1CY and Mike N6MKW who was now at the summit of Little Gleason W6 CT-087. Mike was shadowed by Mt Pacifico, but we managed to complete the QSO. Then I set up the 20m dipole, putting the mast about 3 or 4 feet up in a tree.
My first QSO on 20m was with Jean-Francois VA2VL in Quebec on VE2 LR-006 Mont Kaaikop. At home, I have never been able to hear JF because of my high “city” noise level.
20m QSOs: VA2VL WD9F N0OI K4PIC W7CNL W7RV KG3W WB5USB NS7P W0MNA W0ERI KB7HH KH2TJ K7TQ WB0USI K6TUY
30m: W7RV K6TUY N7RRR
2m: K6TW WN6E KK6JRX KB6CIO K6KWI N1CY N6MKW, then after HF operation KW6ACK (Ducky) AG6ZR N0OI
It was quite an activation with a lot of good 2 meter and summit to summit activation. Neil was working station after station on 2 m; he had a beam and was running 50W. I really need a better 2m antenna rather than my 1/4 wave HT whip.
View down into Bear Canyon. The long ridge leading from left to Monrovia Peak (W6 CT- 028) on the right. In the center you can see a small rocky ridge that leads up to the right; Pt 4654 W6 CT-127 is at the right end of this ridge but is not visible behind the ridge leading to Twin Peaks in front of it.