Today was a quick activation up to Porter Mountain located in Pinetop-Lakeside. I need to run to Home Depot not far from there so it was a good excuse to hit another quick summit.
The drive in from the north was a bit nicer than I expected. There is a road that goes up to a parking area within a half mile of the highest point. There are a lot of towers up there with microwave and what looks like a FM station and some VHF/UHF repeaters.
My setup was almost good.... The antenna went from the top of the antenna to the bottom of a pine tree but just outside the shadow so I was sitting in the sun. Most of my contacts were on 20m CW. I did get a few on 40m cw and one on 20m SSB. I netted 25 contacts in all. I was going to try to work a few more SSB but I was getting hot and I wanted to finish my errands before it got too late.