We have been having a lot of days with strong and cold north winds, so was waiting for a day with light winds from the west. Had been wanting to hike Sierra Pelona, and a day with good weather finally came. Up the 110, 210, 5 and 14 freeways to Red Rover Mine Road Exit and along Sierra Highway for 2 miles west, right on dirt Boiling Point Road for 200 yards, parked near the closed gate. Had a cup of coffee and then started the hike at 0640 about 20 minutes before sunrise. Temperature was 36F, so was wearing wool shirt with light pile jacket and gortex jacket over, and wool long johns with jeans over. Plus wool gloves. I guess I believe in “the wonder of wool”.
After 1 hour and 15 minutes, reached the ridge and took the dirt bike path up along the ridge to the summit in another 10 minutes. The activation zone is about 1000 feet long, I found a big pile of rocks where there was a summit register. Last name was a month ago, and before that the names were from August.
As I was setting up, Dan NA6MG called me on 2m. He was on Rosamond Hills W6 ND 326. He was 56 on the rubber duck, then 59 +20 dB on the J-pole. So the latter really is much better! He said it was cold where he was, with some wind gusts. It must have been in the high 30s where I was, with almost no wind and bright sunshine so it was pretty good. Though I started to cool down since I was no longer walking.
Worked mainly on 20m. Had a QSO with G4OBK in England, his signal sounded different (gray line or auroral?) from the stateside signals but we must have got the propagation just right since he had a strong signal.
2m FM: NA6MG AG6ZR KW6C
20m CW: NE4TN NS7P K7TQ KF5J K9ZMD G4OBK KE5AKL W7CNL VE2JCW KG3W W0MNA N0EVH W0ERI W4MPS VA6FUN K4EAY KI0SK
30m CW: K6TUY W7RV
3.5 miles each way with 1800ft elevation gain
Since the activation, I have found this park map which describes easier access to Sierra Pelona and also Mt McDill:
To get mountain views rather than freeway views, I returned via Acton, Aliso Canyon, Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway