Good weather was forecast locally, clear, cold, with light winds. The latter is particularly important to me since I do not want to get cold! Since it was New Year’s Day holiday, I did not have to set off early to beat the rush hour, so set off at 0645 when it was light, and reached the trail head at 0810. Had a couple of cups of hot coffee in the Jeep, and set off on the short 2 mile hike at 0830. The temperature was just below freezing (31F, -0.5C) and as forecast there was little wind.
Some previous activations:
A nice hike with a little snow on the road
At the top, I started on 2m FM and worked K6QCB, KM6CEM, and NG6R. Since there was a light breeze, I moved down a few dozen feet to the picnic table which is more sheltered. While setting up for HF I heard Chris K6CMG calling on my HT 2m FM, so moved back up to the ridge line so he could hear me and we completed the QSO.
I’m guessing the temperature was just above freezing while I operated, but in the sun and out of the wind it was OK. Signals were strong on both 20m and 30m
20m CW: W0MNA W4DOW NA6MG W0ERI KX0R NE4TN WA7SB NS7V AC1Z W7CNL N1EU AC7P W5ODS WA9STI KG3W K7ZO K0LAF VA6FUN AE5B N7WM K4PIC
30m CW: KT5X W7RV NS7P W6JMP K7JFD
Scott WA9STI was on W6 SC-311 (“Malibu Springs Hill”) and in the National Parks on the Air: Santa Monica Mountains (“RC17”)
Feeling a little chilled after an hour’s operation, packed up and headed down
Mt. Waterman (W6 CT-012) and Twin Peaks (W6 CT-064)
After getting down, drove up the Angeles Crest Highway five miles to Newcomb’s Ranch and had a nice bowl of hot chili. The outside temperature by then was still only 41F (5C) so the chili really hit the spot!
It was not crowded today; yesterday the Norton Motorcycle owners’ club had been up with about 150 motos, and Freddie Rundall (Newcomb’s general manager) told me he expected tomorrow Saturday and Sunday to be busy too.
73! Hal N6JZT