VHF on Throop Peak (W6 CT-005) 9138 ft, 28 May 2016

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On the way up the Angles Crest Highway, stopped at Newcomb’s Ranch for breakfast. So at 7AM more than half a dozen people and I were there when the doors opened. Chatted with folks at the bar while we waited for our food and more customers arrived. When breakfast arrived after an understandably long wait, I ate the scrambled eggs, a couple of sausage and some toast, and saved the rest in a “to go” box to have for lunch. Plus plenty of coffee, some of which I used to top up my thermos flask.

Started the hike for Throop at the usual place at Dawson Saddle at 0840

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Snow Plants. These interesting and strange-looking plants derive their nutrients from fungi in the soil. These fungi are associated with pine trees and other conifers.

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Took an hour and 20 minutes to get to the top. I was doing 2m FM only today because of the CQ WPX contest on the HF bands

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Made many 2m QSOs. Charles KM6CEM was not at home today, he was camping up near Barstow. First his signal was scratchy, but then he got his beam going and was great copy. The band was very busy, nice to make so many 2m FM simplex contacts from San Diego to Barstow to Temecula. Also worked SOTA Mountain Goat Oleh KD7WPJ who was mobile down in Ramona in the San Diego area, he had been up on Throop just the day before.

2m FM: NA6MG KM6CEM KK6URY NG6R KB6LTY N6HEG KK6PIL N6JCN W6KLE N6GOF AG6UK N6ZI N6OUI KD7WPJ W6OXA KK6ZAW KK6MRH KB6CIO K6QCB KK6UOZ WH6EUH KB6WGS K6EGG

I started on 146.520, but decided to go to 146.540 because the frequency seemed so busy. So Dan NA6MG spotted me for 146.54. I did find that my signal was so strong to some stations on 540 that they could hear me somewhat on 520 and they then tuned up to 540. After awhile decided to go back to “520” to work more stations. Eric N6HEG spotted me.

After an hour and ten minutes on the radio, I decided to pack it in as a group of 6 hikers arrived at the summit. They were continuing on to Baden Powell after Throop. On my way down a party of about two dozen Japanese hikers came by. A busy day of hiking because of the Memorial Day holiday.

View of Mt Lewis (W6 CT-246), on the way down. This is one of the new W6 SOTA peaks. It has already been activated several times, and is climbed from Dawson Saddle too. I will activate it some other day, it is a short hike with only 492 ft (150m) of elevation gain, so I will combine it with some other non-SOTA peaks near Mt Waterman: Buckhorn Peak and Winston Peak.

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On the drive down I stopped for a hitch hiker at Islip Saddle. His name was Mike, and was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. But his ankle on which he had surgery was swollen so he was thinking of maybe stopping the trek. He was retired, lived in Houston but originally from Britain. He asked to go to Newcomb’s, where he could get a meal and use their Wifi so he could use his Iphone to get in contact with friends or relatives.

73! Hal N6JZT

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