At 4:00am this morning I started the “SOTA activation of Mt. Islip”.
Why Mt. Islip ? Well most of the time I check out hiking posts, SOTA blogs and any picture of the mountain in question that I can find. After reviewing whatever the Internet, books, posts and my research reveal, I take my pick and tackle the summit.
I drove to Wrightwood and then to the Los Angeles Crest Highway. Parking is at the everywhere described mile marker (66.37) along No. 2 from there I made it up to Windy Gap.
Windy Gap is an intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail and the trail to Mt. Islip. Going up to Windy Gap this direct route from the highway is quite steep, but it wakes you up at around 6:15am.
The summit trail offers spectacular views and some very nice photo opportunities. A great hike to Mt. Islip well worth it.
Trail head to Windy Gap and early morning moon
Morning on the trail
On the trail
Close to the summit
Former summit house
After setting up the equipment and getting spotted by Bob (KB6CIO) – the operating part was a real problem. For unknown reasons (I have to find out what’s wrong in detail) my antenna tuner decided not to tune the antenna. Whatever I checked, changed or modified didn’t work. I could hear chasers, DX and the 20m and 12m band was nearly noise free and open, but no tuning no effective getting out, especially with a non-resonant end feed wire antenna. Anyway I made several contacts on FM and HF and decided to enjoy the view, the hike and to worry about the tuning problems off the summit.
Contacts from the summit: