Today’s expedition takes me to Black Mountain, located near Ramona, California. I’ve recently acquired an Elecraft KX2, a 10 watt very small high quality HF ham radio and I’m itching to test it out. I picked it up used from a ham in northern California which saved me a bundle. I really want to lighten my load and by my calculations, switching to the KX2 will save me 7 lbs of weight!!!
Another incentive is the “ARIZONA S2S 10-POINT MADNESS” that is hapening this weekend. That “madness” means that a lot of hams will be on summits in Arizona, giving me plenty of opportunity to get some more summit to summit points, something I enjoy doing. I was going to join Adam on a summit today but I had already done the planned peak. By choosing this drive up location, I get some points and figured I would haul some extra equipment and try some high power VHF. My 3-element yagi 2m isn’t going to be nearly as good as Adams custom 6 element but I thought it would be fun to try since today’s mission didn’t require me to backpack it in.