The temp was probably 75 on the summit. There are a LOT of antennas for microwave, and VHF/UHF up there plus lots of power lines. I know of at-least 3 ham radio repeaters that are up there.
Setup was pretty quick and I spotted myself on 20 m. I had a pileup of operators that wanted a contact and I logged 10 contacts on 20m CW and then did a little chasing without much success. I switched to 40 meter but the noise level there was S5+ on my radio. It was pretty difficult to pull out the 4 contacts that I did get on 40. I spotted on 146.52 but the only response was from WD6TED in San Diego. He’s not that far from my house and he was coming in really well.
I hunted around for a while for some other summit-to-summits and then bugged out. It was warming up and I didn’t need to stay up there and get fried. It was a nice leisurely Sunday morning adventure went well very.
Date:16/08/2020 | Summit:W6/SC-128 (Otay Mountain) | Call Used:N1CLC | Points: 2
● 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 Ultra Porta Paddle for CW
● Delorme Inreach satellite tracker and communicator.
● Jetboil MicroMo cooking system (left at the car this trip)
● 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)