A nice moderate hike today. About 3 miles each way with 1300 ft elevation gain. Started at 0620, temperature 52F (11C).
First a QSO on 2m, then 20m and 30m, followed by 2m. I discovered the “secret” to operating with strong RFI and resulting intermod from Mt Wilson. I had assumed that the Yaesu VX6 HT did not have a front end attenuator, but it does! So I switched it on through the menus and was able to get rid of the nasty intermod noise. I assume the attenuator reduces sensitivity by 10 dB, but that is better than much more desens by the TV transmissions. I found I could even operate with the J-pole, so I was able to put out a good signal, and still receive pretty well too.
Turn sharp right! A path continues on to the left but degenerates into bush whacking. This is where I made my mistake last May. The point is now well ducked, I added a fourth duck to the correct path.
As I was going down, I met a dozen or so people coming up to hike Strawberry Peak
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