SOTA activation of Fernando 2 Benchmark – W6/CT-158 on July 18, 2014
Fernando Benchmark 2 – W6/CT-158 was a group activation together with Bob (KB6CIO) and Neil (K6KWI) the summit is an old NIke site and very close to the Los Angeles Fire department Fire Camp 9.
The road to the fire camp opens at 6:00 am and remains open until 6:00 pm. We arrived just as they opened the gate, because we left early from Orange county to beat the traffic and the afternoon heat.
On this summit we decided to try something new 2m SSB. This is quite common in Europe and the East Coast but we decided to try it on this summit for the first time for our activaton on the West Coast. KB6CIO and WN6E operated QRP, K6KWI used 50 W output power.
Entrance to Fire Camp 9
View from the summit trail
Fire Camp 9 from the summit
Old Nike site helipad
Close to the benchmark
WN6E operating 2m SSB – QSO with KM6AB
Chopper getting ready for take off from Fire Camp 9
Early in the morning propagation was not good on the HF bands so we started with FM and 2m SSB, later during the morning we switched to HF. Even we made only one contact on 2m SSB I will continue to use this mode as part of my activations. It was real fun with low power and modest equipment.
It was a great day and a lot of fun activating W6/CT-158. Nice drive, great views and tons of radio fun including two S2S with N6JZT from W6/CT-011 and N6MKW on W6/CT-087.
Thanks to all the chasers and contacts for the QSOs: