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.
Route to Frazier Mountain from the parking lot at the Ranger Station
Forest road 8N04
The road is very well marked
View from the forest road
Mountain top lookout
Old lookout tower
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
|18:59z||KW6ACK||144MHz||FM||146.52 MHz – Anaheim, CA|
|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.
Close to the Summit
Date:15/Jul/2014 Summit:W6/SC-001 (Cerro Noroeste) Call Used:WN6E
|00:22z||PY2JY||21MHz||SSB||21,288.00 MHz – Brazil|
|00:33z||EF6||14MHz||SSB||14,185.00 – Spain – Special Event Station|