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.
DSCN0212Entrance to Fire Camp 9
IMG_2556View from the summit trail
IMG_2553Fire Camp 9 from the summit
IMG_2572Summit views
IMG_2563Summit views
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Old Nike site helipad
IMG_2581Summit benchmark
IMG_2575Close to the benchmark
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Antenna setup
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WN6E operating 2m SSB – QSO with KM6AB
IMG_2576Chopper 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:
Date:18/Jul/2014  Summit:W6/CT-158 (Fernando 2 Benchmark)  Call Used:WN6E
Time Call Band Mode Notes
14:40z WA9STI 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz
14:41z K6TW 144MHz FM
14:42z W6JAT 144MHz FM
14:45z N6JZT 144MHz FM S2S W6/CT-011
15:22z N6MKW 144MHz FM S2S W6/CT-087
15:42z NS7P 14MHz SSB 14.282 MHz
15:43z KA5PVB 14MHz SSB
15:59z KM6AB 144MHz SSB 144.200 SSB
16:05z KN6CCW 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz
16:51z WB5USB 14MHz SSB 14.285 MHz
16:53z N4MJ 14MHz SSB
16:54z W0MNA 14MHz SSB
16:54z W0ERI 14MHz SSB
16:55z W7CNL 14MHz SSB
16:55z K2JB 14MHz SSB
17:07z N6MKW 24MHz SSB 24.950 MHz S2S W6/CT-087
17:10z K6CMG 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz

73,

WN6E
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2 thoughts on “SOTA activation of Fernando 2 Benchmark – W6/CT-158 on July 18, 2014

  1. Pingback: Activation Report Fernado 2 Benchmark July 18, 2014 | rkliman

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