I decided to hike Mt. Waterman, one of my favorite mountains. It seems I have got used to hiking this mountain twice a year; once in the spring (for 8 point SOTA activation) then again in December to pick up the 3 point SOTA winter bonus. I felt like hiking up the dirt road for a change; I had not hiked up the road since December 2012 and January 2013. Though I usually descended by this route.
Set off about 0630, clear and temperature was 39F (4C). A nice hike up the road past the ski buildings at the top of chair 1, then along to the higher south summit.
Got to the top in about one and a half hours. As usual, it took me some time for me to figure out where to set the station that had a good mast support, was in the sun and out of the wind! I hung the 2m jpole in the tree, with good coverage to the LA area.
Called Charles KM6CEM who was right there, he spotted me for 2m. Later he also spotted me for 20m and 30m. Dan NA6MG told me on 20m cw that the RBNhole was working and was spotting me too; it has not been reliable lately so I am learning not to depend on it.
Lots of the local chasers on 2m, then the “DX” chasers on 20m and 30m
2m FM: KM6CEM KR6RG KX6A NA6MG N6HEG KB6CIO NG6R K6QCB KM6AB
20m CW: W0MNA WW7D W0ERI W4DOW NU7A NS7P K9CJM NA6MG KG3W K4MF AK5SD W4KRN N8BB N4MJ WG0AT KI0SK
30m CW: K6TUY AD5A (S2S W5N SS026) WG0AT
After just over an hour on the radios, packed up and had a nice hike down.View back up the road on the way down. Warm in the bright sun.
Stopped in at Newcomb’s Ranch for lunch and had a Tuna melt. It was good, but at my age it is too much food so next time I think I will just have a grilled cheese sandwich!
73! Hal N6JZT
PS lots of other Mt Waterman pictures from previous hikes: