Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017-12-27 SOTA checkoff of Cowles Mountain

Today’s hike (12/27/2017)is to check off W6/SC-335 - Cowles Mountain from my SOTA list.  It was a warm day and I got kind of a late start. The place was packed with people.  I was advised to avoid this during the weekend but I’m not retired so my options are limited.

It was an interesting view from the top but the thing I remember the most are the crowds.  The hike was easy but pretty verticle in places.  Poles would have been handy.  Because there were so many people and not a lot of room at the top, I opted for VHF contacts only from my HT.  If I had my CHA MPAS, I would have taken that instead and done some work on HF.




     MFJ 20M Dipole
     Yaesu FT-891D HF Radio at 100 watts
     Yaesu FT-70D HT
      DDT Ops Anti-Venom field pack with food
     3 L of water
     SOTA Dog
     iPhone with and MotionX GPS


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-- Chris Claborne

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