Well I’ve got the day off, it’s Thanksgiving
day, I thought I would get some exercise, work the radio, and see if I can get
a little DX. The solar conditions are
finally improving, mainly the solar flux mainly caused by bright regions on the
sun improve the ionization of the upper atmosphere, providing better skip for
HF signals. I thought if I got up early,
I might be able to work stations in Europe.
I’ve already done this hike and activation for SOTA this year, so no
points but it’s close to the house, RF quiet and simple.
While on Hot Spring Mountain last weekend I talked to
another ham buddy, John (K6MXA), who was on Mount Tule. I wasn’t familiar with that one so I took a
look at a map and thought that might be a good one to do this weekend. I asked John about it and he mentioned it was
a pretty easy hike, described the road conditions, and sent me his gpx track
which I uploaded into Gaia GPS. It
doesn’t get any better than that. I
didn’t commit to doing it till Friday night however so it was sort of last
minute. For some reason, it had been a
crazy week and I really needed to get outside and play radio for the day, but
was having a hard time deciding if I would do it Saturday morning or Sunday.
Today’s expedition is another joint activation
with Jacob, W6RWS to Hot Springs Mountain, the highest peak in San Diego
County. I’ve done this one before with
Adam, K6ARK but it was a new one for Jacob.
Jacob stopped by and picked me up and we drove up to the Coyotes Indian
reservation by Warner Springs. There is
a day campground there and the tribe charges $10 per car to come onto the
The hike is up a road that leads all the way
to the top which has a very old lookout mounted on it. It’s a little over 4 miles to the top and I’d
say the first two miles are the steepest.
Today, I meet up with Jake (W6RWS), and we
head up to Icehouse Canyon near the Baldy Wilderness area to do a summit or
two. I’ve been looking forward to this
trip for a while, as I hear that it’s a pretty hike and there are 4 summits in
the area of operation. I had a pretty
bad showing on last weekend’s hike, most likely because I had been sitting on
my ass all week. I meant to do a bit of
training before this one but as luck
would have it .... and lack of some sort of motivation I sat for another week. So, after discussing with Jake, who is in a
similar position, we figured the best we could do were maybe 3 summits, and
most likely two. The drive to the
trailhead is about 2.5 hours from my house with a stop to get Jake. My goal was to be at Jake’s place by 0530.