Cerro Negro (W6 CT-226) 1887 ft, Flint Peak (W6 CT-225) 1889 ft, 15 Dec 2014

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
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Hike up the dirt road
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Mt Wilson and San Gabriel Peak
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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.
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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

The next objective, Flint Peak
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After hiking down, navigated over to the end of Figueroa, about a 10 minute drive. The park land is open from 4AM to 10PM. Hike up the path to the right, out of the picture
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Then follow dirt and paved roads
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I set up the station here
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Just outside the summit radio facility
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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

Looking back at Cerro Negro, with Mt Lukens in the background
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Back down, it’s pretty quiet around here
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So some nice little hikes and good activations!

73!
Hal
N6JZT

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Richard Donner says:

    Hi
    I tried to hear you and you were just barely audible at my stayion in Newhall
    Seems like nice activation.
    73 richard wa6kyr

    1. hal90505 says:

      Yep, 18 MHz was too high a freq for local contacts. I usually do 10 MHz CW but this dau I wanted a pretty short activation

  2. Erik McCord says:

    Hal,

    It was a pleasure to work you on 17 meter and your welcome for the spot on SOTAwatch. Hope to work you on future summits.

    73 Erik WX4ET
    Blog: http://wx4et.blogspot.com

  3. Hi Hal
    I enjoy reading your trip reports. For 2m, have you considered operating SSB? I frequently operate on 144.200 MHz USB for chasers who are outside of the FM range. Good write up and great pictures of the mountain ranges.
    73, Andrew VK1NAM Australia

    1. hal90505 says:

      Well, Dan and I had a 2m CW QSO once. Not sure if there is much SSB activity, seems to be mainly FM on 2m around here

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