Bike Ride to Mt. Vetter (W6 CT-021), 22 August 2014

I had ridden up Mt Vetter earlier in the year, but didn’t take the radio. At that time, I met the USFS Charlton Flat volunteer Terry who cut back a lot of the Poodle Dog Bush around Charlton Flat, which is the picnic area on the way to Vetter. Since my thighs were still sore from last weeks descent down Volcano Gully, I thought I’d go back to Vetter which is an easy 2 mile each way with 500 feet elevation gain. Got to Charlton Flats just before 0600. The gate was closed so I parked just off Angeles Crest Highway. Then Terry opened the gate at 0605 so parked in Charlton Flats picnic area.

The temporary fire lookout now has a hard roof
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And they are starting to rebuild the real lookout! Here is the foundation
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Got on 2m FM (noise from Mt Wilson again) and Charles KM6CEM was right there. He always has a strong signal. Then Jeff K6QCB and Frank KK6EHQ

Set up for HF with the 5W HB1B
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The propagation was good, maybe also due to being earlier than I usually am. The RBN list shows my 20m signal was making it to the east coast and mid west
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Lots of Qs on 2m, 20m, and 30m

2m FM: KM6CEM K6QCB KK6EHQ KN6CCW KW6ACK KB6CIO K06N

20m CW: W0MNA ND0C W0ERI W9FHA W7RV N4MJ WA5AFD KG3W N7WM N4EX/p S2S W4K/KA-002 W0/DL6AP/P S2S W0C/FR-063

30m CW: W7CNL K6TUY K6EL S2S W6/CC-072 NS7P W0/DL6AP/P N7EDK N7CW K6XM W6IYS WN6E (his first SOTA CW QSO)

Then a nice ride down, noticed that where Terry had cut the Poodle Dog it was growing back! I think we will just have to wait till it gets choked out by regenerating chaparral.  Then breakfast of scrambled eggs, hash browns and toast at Newcomb’s Ranch. Latest news is that Darren and Danielle are engaged! Also, Dr Rundall made it to the 75th Newcomb’s anniversary party last Sunday though he is quite frail.
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After this, I went up to Three Points for a 2 mile walk on the Mt Waterman trail, this takes you on the south side of Waterman above Devil’s Canyon. It gives a longer hike to Waterman and Twin Peaks than the normal route which starts higher. I may take this route next time to add variety to my hiking.

73!
Hal
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