No Longer Summer on Kratka Ridge (W6 CT-014) 19 November 2016

Headed up to Kratka for the Europe/North America summit-to-summit event. Got up there at 0515 or so, cold and under the light of a bright half moon. First stopped and had coffee at the Buckhorn day use area, then moved along and parked at at the Vista Point day use area and began the hike at 0545, about a half hour before sun rise. It was about 40F/3C, I could hear the wind in the trees up above. Just over half an hour to the top, I had planned to set up at the picnic table but it was too exposed to the wind. Went to the summit, too windy, settled on this area here, about half way along the summit crest between the summit and the top of the ski lift. Out of the wind.

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I had brought the IC706 and 20Ah Li battery so I could run 50 watts. I listened on 20m, the band was very quiet. Also set up the 17m dipole. Signals from Europe on 17m, but did not hear any summit stations in EU. Worked Paul W6PNG summit to summit line of sight on SC-369. Went to 20m and did a pretty normal activation, with the exception of running 50W. Got one other summit station, N1EU in New York. Later I heard him working GW4OIG in Wales on a summit (at the noise level here in California) on 17m, but he was just too weak. So the EU/NA thing did not work out, the stations on the east coast had it OK though. After an hour or so of operating my big toes inside my boots were getting numb so packed up and headed down Even though it was a chilly autumn day it was bright and sunny here in Southern California. I am very fortunate to live in an area with such great weather.

18 MHz SSB: W6PNG

14 MHz CW: K0LAF OK1DVM W5BOS VE2JCW W4DOW N1EU NG6R KD3CA KX0R W0MNA K9OSC W0ERI W4HBK W9MRH

18 MHz CW: NE4TN N4EX K4QS KX6A

An enjoyable hike and activation. Thought about stopping at Newcomb’s for breakfast, but there was a car club there and it looked very busy. So I stopped at the Cosmic Cafe at Mt Wilson and had a chili dog for breakfast! Their last day of operation for the year will be December 11

73! Hal N6JZT

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