Pt. 2000 Temecula, CA – SOTA Activation – W6/CT-221 – July 16, 2015

Operating Site

Operating Site

On relative short notice Bob (KB6CIO) joined me for a SOTA activation near Temecula, CA. It was extremely hot even during the early morning hours and propagation was not our friend. It was extremely difficult to make contacts but we finally managed to make a few.

The California drought conditions are really apparent in this area around Temecula and require an early activation time – even early is a relative term.

So this is just a short report with some views of Pt. 2000 (actually a hill next to it but within the activation zone) the actual summit is on private property.

Station Setup

Station Setup

Bob working chasers

Bob working chasers

Summit View

Summit View

View towards Temecula

View towards Temecula

More views

More views

Thanks to all the chasers for the QSOs despite the dreadful propagation conditions.

Date:16/Jul/2015  Summit:W6/CT-221 (Pt. 2000)  Call Used:WN6E

Time Call Band Mode Notes
15:57z W0MNA 14MHz CW 14.061 MHz
15:58z W0ERI 14MHz CW
16:23z W7RV 7MHz CW 7.045 MHz
17:00z NA6MG 10MHz CW 10.110 MHz – very weak signal 222



SOTA Activation of Niguel Hill, CA – W6/SC-371, March 10, 2014

The activation of Niguel Hill together with K6KWI (Neil) and KB6CIO (Bob) made it necessary that we split the bands we would be using for the activation.

So I choose the 12m band and used it during the activation this morning. The summit is easy to find just drive until the end of Talavera Drive in Laguna Niguel, CA and use the trail close to the entrance of the summit community. There is plenty of shade and nice picknic tables to set up your operation.

The views from the summit are just gorgeous with the Pacific Ocean to the West and snow-covered mountains towards the East.

IMG_1881Operating site

IMG_1882Dipole and the Pacific Ocean

IMG_1890Sailing or radio? Tough question on such a great day

IMG_1887Inland view with snow-covered peaks

The band conditions were excellent and allowed for some interesting DX from Niguel Hill.

Thanks for the QSO to all stations and 73, WN6E :

Date:10/Mar/2014  Summit:W6/SC-371 (Niguel Hill):

Time Call Band Mode Notes
16:08z W0MNA 24MHz SSB 24,960 MHz
16:10z RA4CC 24MHz SSB 24,985 MHz – DX European Russia
16:17z K7NEW 24MHz SSB 24,755 MHz
16:24z K6KWI 21MHz SSB 21,285 MHz
16:27z NA6MG 24MHz SSB 24,957 MHz – S2S W6/CT-230 San Juan Hill
16:59z AD5A 24MHz SSB 24,980 MHz
16:59z AE4FZ 24MHz SSB
17:00z K0LAF 24MHz SSB
17:01z OH9XX 24MHz SSB DX Finland
17:03z KF4MH 24MHz SSB
17:04z DJ5AV 24MHz SSB DX Germany
17:04z HB9MKV 24MHz SSB DX Switzerland
17:04z N7UN 24MHz SSB
17:34z HA5AGS 24MHz SSB 24,9305 MHz – DX Hungary
17:46z IK5ZWU 24MHz SSB 24,940 MHz – DX Italy

SOTA Activation of Cerro Negro Benchmark – W6/CT-226, March 7, 2014

The summit was chosen due to the easy access and the short hike in order to do some antenna testing. During the recent activations technical problems with the antenna tuner and the general weight and size of the antenna were not satisfactory or have been proven to be impractical on long hikes. So a new light and flexible SOTA antenna was built, tested and compared with the equipment used so far.

After this activation and the testing conducted I will stick to the new lightweight antenna design for my SOTA activities.

Cerro Negro Benchmark is located in La Cañada Flintridge close to Los Angeles. Parking is possible at the intersection of Flintridge Dr. and Camino San Rafael. From here just follow the fire road up to the summit.


Route to summit


Park around here


Fire road to summit


Summit marker




New antenna a simple dipole


Deployed antenna on fishing pole


View from the summit


City and helicopter


KB6CIO (Bob) at the operating site


WN6E (Martin) working the 12m band

Propagation was good this morning and we made quite a few contacts especially on the 12m band which allowed contacts with Germany, Spain and England. Its always nice to work a DX station from a summit but four  in a row that’s a first one for me.

WN6E activation contacts:

Date:07/Mar/2014  Summit:W6/CT-226 (Cerro Negro Benchmark)

Time Call Band Mode Notes
16:39z N6JZT 144MHz FM Summit to summit W6/CT-034
17:02z N6MKW 144MHz FM Summit to summit W6/CT-170
17:16z AA7DK 14MHz SSB 14,347 MHz
17:23z K7NEW 14MHz SSB
17:24z NS7P 14MHz SSB
17:25z NA6MG 14MHz SSB
17:25z KF7JQV 14MHz SSB
17:26z K6TUY 14MHz SSB
17:26z WA2USA 14MHz SSB
17:28z W0MNA 14MHz SSB
17:28z W0ERI 14MHz SSB
17:28z W7CNL 14MHz SSB
17:30z K8TE 14MHz SSB
17:31z AJ5C 14MHz SSB
17:44z VE7KBN 14MHz SSB
17:59z N4EX 24MHz SSB 24,960 MHz
18:00z K6CMG 24MHz SSB
18:01z DL1BWU 24MHz SSB DX Germany
18:02z EA2LU 24MHz SSB DX Spain
18:02z WI2W 24MHz SSB
18:04z AE4FZ 24MHz SSB
18:06z G6TUH 24MHz SSB DX England
18:12z DJ5AV 24MHz SSB DX Germany
18:14z KG3W 24MHz SSB

Thanks to all the contacts

73, WN6E (Martin)