Sota activation of Frazier Mountain – W6/CC-003 and Cerro Noreoeste – W6/SC-001 on July 15, 2013

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Summit benchmark – Frazier Mountain, CA

The activation of Frazier Mountain and Cerro Noreoeste was a joint activation together with Bob (KB6CIO). In order to beat the traffic in the larger LA area we left around 4:00 am and made excellent progress through all the traffic bottlenecks. On the way we had a 2m chat with Scott (WA9STI) and decided to meet for a quick coffee before continuing to Frazier Mountain.

We arrived on Frazier Mountain a little bit before our scheduled time. Set up the equipment and enjoyed the great views.

Frazier Ground Track Base Camp

Route to Frazier Mountain from the parking lot at the Ranger Station

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Forest road 8N04

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The road is very well marked

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View from the forest road

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Mountain top lookout

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Antenna setup

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Old lookout tower

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DSCN0189  Operating from Frazier Mountain

Frazier Mountain was a very nice SOTA activation with two S2S contacts into the Southern and Northern Sierras.  One FM simplex contact was into Anaheim, CA more than 100 miles away (KW6ACK).

Thanks for the contacts from Frazier Mountain:

Date:15/Jul/2014  Summit:W6/CC-003 (Frazier Mtn.)  Call Used:WN6E

Time Call Band Mode Notes
18:00z WA9STI 14MHz SSB 14.280 MHz
18:02z W7RV 14MHz SSB
18:04z W0MNA 14MHz SSB
18:05z W0ERI 14MHz SSB
18:07z W7MCP 14MHz SSB
18:09z ND0C 14MHz SSB
18:13z AA7DK 14MHz SSB
18:36z WA6RIC 7MHz SSB 7.285 MHz
18:40z KJ6NHF 7MHz SSB
18:59z KW6ACK 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz – Anaheim, CA
19:12z KD7VVG 144MHz FM S2S
19:26z ND6MDV 144MHz FM S2S
19:55z K6CMG 144MHz FM Long Beach, CA

On the way down from the summit we decided to give a second activation a try.  Cerro Noreoeste W6/SC-001 is not too far from Frazier Mountain and we spontaneously decided to activate it.

The band conditions were not in our favor and after we managed to send an alert to the Sotawatch site on the way there was no more cell phone connection and no spotting possible. Propagation was extremely poor and the fact that we both operated QRP only didn’t help either.

To make a long story short I struggled for two hours to make the required 4 contacts from Cerro Noreoeste. Nevertheless it worked out in the end and there were even two DX contacts to Brazil and Spain from the summit. Besides SOTA Cerro Noreoeste is worth the visit and a great place for a weekend outing with kids and family.

DSCN0208WN6E operating from Cerro Noreoeste

IMG_2543Camp site close to the summit

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Close to the Summit

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Forest views

IMG_2552Bob (KB6CIO) operating

Date:15/Jul/2014  Summit:W6/SC-001 (Cerro Noroeste)  Call Used:WN6E

Time Call Band Mode Notes
00:04z W1AW/4 18MHz SSB 18,153.00 MHz
00:22z PY2JY 21MHz SSB 21,288.00 MHz – Brazil
00:33z EF6 14MHz SSB 14,185.00 – Spain – Special Event Station
23:35z K5XS 14MHz SSB 14,285.00 MHz

73,

WN6E

 

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4 thoughts on “Sota activation of Frazier Mountain – W6/CC-003 and Cerro Noreoeste – W6/SC-001 on July 15, 2013

  1. Pingback: Activation Report for Frazier Mountain July 15, 2014 | rkliman
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