Today’s summit is in Arizona, Baker Butte, near Payson AZ. We are in the village of Strawberry attending a wedding and I had a quick opportunity to do a quick SOTA summit and possibly get a summit to summit with my friend Adam who will be summiting a couple of peaks near where we were last weekend. We are staying at a cool little venue for the wedding as the party has taken over all the cabins here so it gives the family a chance to visit. I got up early this morning in what I think was 35 degree weather and went for a quick hike, mainly drive. The activation point was about a 15 drive + 15 minute walk up to the summit. At the top there is a fire lookout with a small residence.
It was nice to be back up in the country that I’m more use to, thick with pine and soft dirt and pine needles. Setup was quick and I was up and running in about 10 minutes. There was a Michigan QSO contest going on so 20 was the band pretty busy. I made 22 contacts, most on 20m and a few on 40m including a couple of summit-to-summit contacts. I tried getting some VHF contacts on 520 but no joy. Kind of amazing given the field of view I had.