I was getting antsy, and wanted to do some hikes before more rain comes tonight. Decided to do Cerro Negro and Flint Peak since they are relatively close by. Both hikes are short 15 minute walks with a couple of hundred feet elevation gain.
Reached the dirt road for Cerro Negro by taking Mountain Street off the 2 Freeway, then it becomes San Rafael and follow this to the corner of San Rafael and Flintridge. You can see the tower at the summit in the distance, just to the right of the conical evergreen
Made some 2m contacts then set up the 17 m dipole for HF. Ken KN6CCW spotted me for 17m, then WX4ET also spotted me. I was pleased to work a lot of stations, including G4OBK in the north of England, and CU3BL in the Azores. I was running about 40 watts PEP SSB. Conditions were very good.
2m FM: KN6CCW KJ6EOE KI6PMD K6CMG
17m SSB: WX4ET W7CNL K8TE NS7P KI0SK W0MNA KF5J K9ZMD AE4FZ K2JMY G4OBK W0ERI KA5PVB K6TUY CU3BL N4EX N8IL WA2USA NE4TN KG3W AB7ZY
Again, worked on 2m and Ken KN6CCW spotted me for 17m SSB. Richard KK6MRH said he was a new ham and this was his first simplex QSO!
2m FM: W7QED KK6MRH KN6CCW
17m SSB: AF7ES W7CNL N4EX K8TE NM5SW W0MNA W0ERI KK1W KB7BIE K0LAF
So some nice little hikes and good activations!