Early Winter on Mt Lewis (W6 CT-246) 8396 ft, 8 December 2016

Dan NA6MG and I hiked and activated Mt. Lewis in the summer, and we headed back to pick up the 3 point winter bonus. We planned to meet at Dawson Saddle at 0800.

Previous activation

https://halssota.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/mt-lewis-w6-ct-246-8396-ft-and-winston-peak-7502-ft-10-june-2016/

To beat the traffic through downtown LA,  I left early. I stopped at Islip Saddle for coffee from the thermos flask, then arrived at Dawson Saddle around 0715. Had a few more cups of coffee. The weather was cold (40F/4c), cloudy with some wind. Luckily the wind died down for the hike.

I parked here near Dawson Saddle, view towards Mt Williamson. Wintry!

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Dan came by around 0800 and we set off. Not too much snow, a good thing since the first part of the trail is steep

We set up about 100 feet (30m) apart. I had brought my 20Ah Lipo battery and IC706 and dipole antenna so I could operate with 50 watts on 20m SSB. Dan operated on CW, 40m, 30m and 20m

I operated 10 minutes on 2m FM, Charles KM6CEM spotted me on 2m and also on the 20m SSB frequency which was a big help. Thanks Charles! Then about 45 minutes working many chasers on SSB, it is nice to hear peoples’ voices when I usually just hear the morse code!

Dan operating, we both had logs to sit on to keep out of the snow

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My “shack”

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2m FM: KK6QYE AD6D WB6FQZ KM6CEM W6WW

20m SSB: W5BOS W0MNA NS7P KR7RK W0ERI KX0R K5WI NU7A N7KRN N6PKT NG6R KF4MH KF7JQV KG7CW KG3W ZL1BYZ KA9BBQ WB0KIU WA9STI KD4GUB KE3JP WK3N W5GAI WA7BAM KI6EAB/8 N7BHP KM3P K7HLN KC0ZVN KE0ZT NK6A K2JB WA2USA KC9TYA W2RES K4ENC WB7ULD KA5PVB N4DA

We were chilled! Heading down

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We drove back down to Newcomb’s Ranch for breakfast where we had hot coffee, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. Wonderful! And it was sunny by the time we got there too!

73! Hal N6JZT

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