San Gabriel Peak was the summit for today’s activation and it turned out to be a gorgeous hike with absolute splendid sights. Due to severe traffic on the Los Angeles freeways the activation schedule (even there is no strict schedule, sometimes its more wishful thinking than reality, traffic, trail conditions, technical problems, weather etc.) became obsolete and we arrived on the summit much later than anticipated.
Trailhead off Mount Wilson Road
The hike to the summit is absolutely worth the effort and even if you are not into SOTA activations its highly recommended.
Inside Mueller Tunnel on the way to the summit
On the trail
Still on the trail
Mount Disapointment from the trail
View from the summit
Set up procedure
During the set up operation I realized that I forgot my coax cable – wow end of operation before it even started? Lucky that Bob (KB6CIO) had a spare coax which I could use so the activation could proceed. Propagation was not really good and our late start didn’t improve the situation. Nevertheless thanks to the SOTA chasers we made some nice contacts and had a great time on the summit.
Thank you to all the chasers and contacts:
Date: 17/Mar/2014 Summit:W6/CT-019 (San Gabriel Peak)
73 and see you on the next summit,
WN6E – Martin