On 11/24/2017 I submitted Hill 1190 (http://www.sota.org.uk/Summit/W6/SC-456). This is another one of these small hills around my house in San Diego that is up at about 1000’ that has no name, hence “Hill 1190”. Jeanette wanted to hike this morning so we took off for this one that I hadn’t checked off the list. It was a super clear day and it had a nice view off the top. There is a large flag pole at the top flying the stars and stripes. It was a short walk but steep at times.
After setting up, I ran into an issue where the Z-817 tuner wouldn’t work. I goof around with it for a while. Then decided to go for just a dipole but I just didn’t seem to get and or wasn’t able to punch through a pileup. I don’t think Jeanette wanted to wait around while I goofed around with this so I switched to VHF, made my contacts and got off the hill. The hike was only .75 mi to the car so this was a fairly easy one to check off. I later found out that the CAT rate was changed on the 817 when I uploaded a new config of frequencies for UHF/VHF, therefore, the Z-817 couldn’t talk to the radio.
● MFJ 20M Dipole
● Pack with food
● 2 L of water
● SOTA Dog
● iPhone with alltrails and MotionX GPS
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-- Chris Claborne, N1CLC