I met up with Jacob, W6RWS, and headed out to Eagle Peak this morning. I’ve done this one a few times and given the beautiful day I was looking forward to it. It was in the low 70s and we had a lot of fun. Neither one of us were in a hurry so it was nice to kick back on the summit and play radio.
Jacob was on the peak and I was offset a bit to keep the interference down. Jacob started on VHF and I think he was activated before he switched over to HF. I picked up a familiar call sign, K6MXA, John was not far from us activating W6/SC-260, a no-name peak just south of El Capitan Reservoir. We were probably 20km apart. That was fun to finally get a summit-to-summit with John.
I setup and spotted myself on 20 meter CW. When I did, I asked people to give me big spacing. It was awesome to get the call-signs on the first pass for once. I probably netted 4 or 5 CW contacts before I started chasing other summits.
As we were leaving, we heard a father and son team on Sunset Peak up north of LA. We had him loud and clear. He was evidently using a homemade Yagi antenna, a beam antenna. They were about 102 miles away. Not bad for a little handheld VHF radio.
It was an awesome day to be out and about today. I netted 20 contacts, 10 of them CW and had a lot of fun. It was enjoyable having a hiking buddy along as well. Thanks Jacob.
(update: Looks like a counted a couple of these twice. )
● First aid kit. Make sure it’s a good one... like ability to patch up an impalement wound.
● Elecraft KX2 10 watt HF Radio
● 30’ of coax feed line (not needed
● 3 L of water (8 lb)
● iPhone with All Trails, MotionX GPS and sota goat
● Trekking poles (not today)
● LNR End Fed multi-band antenna
● AnyTone AT-868UV DMR radio for testing.
● Custom wine bottle cork paddles for CW (crafted by K6ARK)
● American Morse Porta Paddle for CW
● Delorme Inreach satellite tracker and communicator.
● Yaesu FT-2DR HT (backup left in the car)
● Packtenna. (did not take)
● Yaesu FT-891D HF Radio at 100 watts (left this in the car :) )
● Extra LiFePO Battery (not needed)
(aka chris claborne