Welcome to my amateur radio BLOG. Here at N1CLC.com (aka HamNinja.com), I hope to cover my exploration of ham radio, summits on the air (SOTA) and general RF geek stuff. My other BLOGS focus on technology (cloudrant.com), photography (cameraninja.com/blog), and life (thethroboflife.com). QSL via QRZ, LOTW, cards.
I headed up to Middle Peak to have some
amateur radio fun.I’ve been up there
twice before.The first time, I headed
up from the south side, a huge mistake.My first mistake was not calling K6ARK who had been up there before, and
the second was following a false trail.It turned into a massive sufferfest as I bushwhacked up to the
summit.I got into the activation zone
but stopped short of the summit since I still had some skin left.I setup, got my contacts and then got back
down to the road.That trip was by far
the most difficult bushwhack I’ve ever done.
My second trip was using the trail mentioned
by K6ARK from the north side.That was a
lot easier.It was mostly trail and
I thought I’d take a quick break and climb a
mountain, in this case, Viejas. I always
forget how long this hike is. It’s only
about 1.5 miles to the summit but with the rocky terrain and the 1,400 foot
climb, it takes a while.
The last time I was up here I got a contact in
Spain on SSB. Today, I netted ZL1BYZ,
John in New Zealand via CW (morse code), a station in Canada and a bunch in the
US. I had 29 contacts today, all but two
of them via CW.
The weather was clear and a million and probably about 70F.
It’s going to rain tomorrow so I had to
squeeze in a quick SOTA summit today with everything else.It was a beautiful day, perfect for a
hike.I was at an ARES meeting and I had
to run some errands, so I didn’t have much time.There is a summit about 10 miles from my
house with a short hike so I zipped over there.The hill is located in Rancho Bernardo, CA just north of me and I’ve
been up there a few times.
Today’s expedition took my sister and I to
Sheephead Mountain, SOTA summit W6/SD-020.
IMy sister joined me on the hike today which was awesome. The weather in the area was a bit toasty
yesterday due to a small heat wave through the area but today was back to a
very mild day and clear skies. It was
cool but not cold as we set out.
Just before we were supposed to turn on
Kitchen Creek road, we saw some deer.Mary Sue spotted them.She’s
always been able to spot wildlife before anyone else.
Below is my review of the new Anytone
AT-D578UV DMR/Analog radio. I won’t drag you through the specs of this radio,
I’ll post them below.I’ve been using
the radio in my cat and my QTH for over a month now.If I think of anything else, I’ll update this
article so think of it as a living doc.
I, like many others, had been waiting for this
radio to come out for over a year.I
have Anytone’s AT-D878 hand-held (HT (handy-talkie) radio which is
awesome.I’ve written about it here.The reason I’ve been looking forward to this radio is because using an
HT as a mobile radio (in my car) only provides a max of 6 watts.Also, I kept my Yaesu FT-100DR analog radio
in my car for analog use since it is a 50w radio.I mainly do SOTA, so having a little extra
power in the back country is important to me.That meant that I had a funky setup with the DRM HT with a battery
eliminator on the back plugged into the car’s acc port (think cigarette
lighter).What I really wanted was a
full power radio that did everything and that had all the features of the
Anytone 878 HT.It also allows me to get
down to one antenna on the car as well.
Joe Toth decided to join me on today’s 138th
SOTA hike and we were wheels up by 7AM. The original plan was to activate
Cuyamaca Peak and Stonewall but after arriving, we found out that the top of
Cuyamaca is closed to the public while SDG&E digs it up to lay in more
power.We could have easily gone over to
Stonewall across the street but there were a LOT of people that were doing that
one because of the closure.The trail
would have looked like the 405 freeway.Instead, we headed over to Guatay Mountain for a little peace and
quiet. (Route is HERE) <click on image for larger>