End of Summer on Bare Mountain, 6388 ft (W6 CT-082) 5 September 2015

Previous activations here:

https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/and-another-autumn-hike-to-bare-mountain-w6ct-082-6388-ft-17-october-2014/

https://halssota.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/an-autumn-day-on-bare-mountain-6388-ft-w6-ct-082-15-october-2013/

Labor Day weekend is the “end of summer”, so set off for Bare Mountain on Labor Day Saturday. This is a pleasant and moderate hike to this somewhat obscure summit. However, it is easy to get to from the Angeles Crest Highway so perhaps more people will activate it. So far, only Dan (WO6M/NA6MG), Mike (N6MKW) and I have activated it.

The past two times, I have hiked Bare Mountain in mid October and the temperature at the start was at freezing or a little below. Here at the end of summer, it was 38F (3C) and warmed up quickly in the sun, eventually reaching about 70F (21C) when I headed back down.

A nice hike to the summit along the fire break and set up the station
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Tried out a new battery pack which worked very well with my HB1B transceiver
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Register at the summit gets updated by hikers about every two months or so; this summit does not get too many visitors. Here is Mike’s callsign
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I also noticed Mars Bonfire had signed his name for his 25th and “final visit”, as he put it. A former songwriter, he wrote the song “Born To Be Wild” back in the day. He now loves hiking, and set a goal to hike 200+ summits in the LA area 25 times!

Started on 20m working N0TA on Prospect Mountain Colorado summit to summit, then K3SAV on the nuclear ship “Savannah” in Maryland. This was a nuclear cargo ship I think from about 55 years ago. On 30m worked two summit to summit, NA6MG on Antimony Peak maybe 40 miles away, and KX0R in Colorado doing a first activation of Peak 11356.

20m CW: N0TA K3SAV W0MNA W0ERI AE5B N4EX K8LJG NG6R N0EVH N4EMG WA2USA KG3W VE2JCW K4MF VA6FUN K5RWP NU7A WA7NCL ND0C
30m CW:NK6A K5RWP KX0R NA6MG
2m FM: AK6TT KM6CEM

2m meters does not have good coverage here so was pleased to work Charles KM6CEM, though he was scratchy.

Thanks to all chasers!

On the way down
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73!
Hal
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