The SOTA activation of San Juan Hill near Yorba Linda, CA together with Bob (KB6CIO) was quite a challenge with a nice hike and some technical problems.
Route to summit
From the trail head to San Juan Hill it is a 2.8 miles long hike along the South Ridge trail of Carbon Canyon Regional Park. The exact location of the trailhead is described in Bob’s blog (http://rkliman.wordpress.com/).
The hike started in rather dense fog which only dissolved after setting up on San Juan Hill. The howling coyotes along the path, hidden by the fog, ensured quite a gloomy scenario.
After setting up and checking the equipment my antenna tuner started to behave erratically. So we had to make some checks to track the problem. After some tinkering it was clear the tuner has a problem tuning the 20m band. So a switch to 12m, 15m and finally 10m band was required.
Nevertheless I made some very nice contacts, my final contact was on 10m with the Canary Islands (Spain). Thanks to all the contacts, chasers and Dan (NA6MG) for a “Summit to Summit “contact.
The sun finally dispersed the fog and we spent quite some time on the summit before we called it a day and made it back to the trailhead.
Contacts on San Juan Hill:
|18:52z||N7UN||24MHz||SSB||24,980 MHz – QRP|
|19:03z||AI0Q||24MHz||SSB||QRP – North Dakota|
|19:55z||EA4YB||28MHz||SSB||28,526 MHz, Spain Canary Islands|
73, see you on the next summit