Got up to the area in the dark, so I enjoyed the stars in the dark sky near Switzer picnic area before heading back a few miles to the trail head as the sky lightened. Started the hike at 0530 with my head lamp for a little while until it got light enough to see without it. Took about 45 minutes to get to the top.
Set up the mast and 2 meter J-pole and worked Kenan KR6J who was mobile. I put out a call for Bob KB6CIO on the Catalina Repeater, and it was a nice surprise that he came back, he was helping some people in Palos Verdes with geocaching. We moved to simplex, then also worked Neil K6KWI. Then set up for HF.
Though I was told later that the K and A indices were very high, conditions on 20m and 30m were good at this early hour and made lots of QSOs.
2m FM: KR6J KB6CIO K6KWI W6MTM NA6MG KM6CEM
20m CW: W0MNA W4DOW W0ERI N4EX NA6MG K4PIC NE4TN N0EVH K6TUY WA8REI NE1SJ(S2S W3/PO-001) N4MJ VE2JCW K0LAF
30m CW: NS7P W7CNL WA2USA/0 K6TUY WB5BKL
The activation was a pleasant one, the temperature was about 75 degrees with a slight cooling breeze, then starting to get hot when I left at around 0900.
I then headed to Aliso Canyon and Aliso Arrastre Cutoff Road to have a look at a mountain (Peak 3819 as marked on the old paper topos) just south of Peak 3788 CT-167. The US Geological Service National Map shows it has a prominence of 520 feet so we need to make this a SOTA peak. If you take its spot height of 3819 feet and go to the nearest 40 foot topo contour of 3320 feet you get 499 foot prominence, which is incorrect; the low prominence is just an artifact of the 40 foot contour interval on US topo maps. The USGS National Map uses the National Elevation Dataset (NED) which includes all available measurements. BTW, List of John says prominence is 519 feet http://www.listsofjohn.com/searchres?textsearch=3819&Search=Name&State=CA
US Geological Service National Map shows summit as 3818 feet.
Map courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey
I then went over to Blum Ranch and bought 50 pounds of peaches for 16 dollars. They were seconds so they were cheap. When I got home I peeled 10 and made a peach pie! Today I made another peach pie. I have a lot of peeling ahead of me; I will freeze most of then after I peel and chop them up.