This time I added a bit of variety, started from Islip Saddle up the Pacific Crest Trail, then on the jeep road to Little Jimmy Camp, then took the trail from Little Jimmy and bypassed Windy Gap
Start at 0640
The road to Little Jimmy. I last hiked this on snow shoes! Today it reminded me of the logging roads in New Hampshire I used to walk along
Nearing the top
Set up the shortened EFHW over the rocks, and the j-pole in a tree. The EFHW was set up as an inverted L, with the long side running down to a tree branch about 4 feet off the ground.
Made 4 QSOs on 2m, then started on 20m CW. My signals received by the chasers were not too strong, probably due to both poorer propagation than I am used to in past years, and the EFHW is probably somewhat less efficient than the center fed dipole. RBN picked me up on 20m, 40m, and 30m, and I was automatically spotted in addition to spots by chasers Charles KM6CEM and Dan NA6MG. I got the best signal reports on 30m today.
2m FM: KD6CQS KI6AZQ KM6CEM N6HEG K6CMG KX6A (S2S W6 CT-O39)
20m CW: NA6MG WW7D NS7P N4MJ WA7SB W0MNA W0ERI W6WTD
40m CW: K6EL W7RV
30m CW: WA7SB NK6A AI8Z K7ODX NN5K (S2S W7U NU-024)
After the activation chatted with a couple of hikers on the summit, they were training for Mt Whitney.
Beautiful weather today
From Mt Williamson this looks like a nice meadow, it is really thick Buckthorn, which has 3/4 inch (2cm) long thorns! You need a saw to get through it.
Looking down to the closed Highway 39 and Bear Canyon. LA County plans to never reopen the road; maintenance is too expensive. In the middle distance the mountain lump is Peak 6340 (W6 CT-083) aka “Don’t Do It Peak, aka “The Volcano”. The skyline center and right is Twin Peaks, W6 CT-064.
A nice hike today! 73! Hal N6JZT