I got out of the house early, about 0640, and headed out to the trailhead. Today’s SOTA mission was to a mountain in the Lagunas to do Sheephead but the Forest Service had other ideas. The gate was closed going into the trailhead that I use for Sheephead, I’m not sure why. The road did have snow on it but my Highlander AWD worked awesome on the snow and ice when I tested it so I wouldn’t have had a problem.... It’s possible there was a washout somewhere on the road. After a quick replan, I continued up the Sunrise Highway a bit and hiked Hill 5764, W6/SD-026 - 5764. l did this one last year as a recommendation from K6ARK. It’s an easy hike and the trailhead was about 6 miles from where I was. Next year I’ll try to do Sheephead and this one on the same day.
Monday, February 4, 2019
I’ve been down with a cold since my last expedition a week ago and it rained all day yesterday. I really wanted to get out of the house, get some fresh air and a little exercise before the Super Bowl game. My objective was an easy, close hike just up the road in Rancho Bernardo called hill 1109 (W6/SC-365 - 1109). I’ve activated that hill once before so I’m familiar with it.
On the way up I thought about trying to rally the troops on the DMR talk group 310014, AKA “San Diego Hangout”. There’s two talk groups in the city that I know about and the hangout is alway buzzing. It’s a great group of guys always that are always willing to help each other out. If I could get 4 contacts using my HT simplex (direct and not using a repeater) and using Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), it would be my first DMR only activation of a SOTA peak. One of the other things that I’ve been doing lates on my SOTA trips is contacting KC2GNV, the DMR whisperer, to do some testing. Brian is a huge promoter of DMR and uses the same radio that I have, the Anytone AT-868UV. He also runs a repeater on Otay Mountain so he knows a lot more about DMR than I do. He knows the Anytone backwards and forwards. If I’m having a problem, I, along with everyone else in the county, reach out to Brian.