SOTA Activation of Keller Peak, CA – W6/CT-013 on July 25, 2014


IMG_2583Fire tower on Keller Peak early in the morning

Keller Peak was a joint activation with KB6CIO (Bob) and KN6CCW (Ken). The summit can be reached without difficulties from the S18 right after Running Springs. Just turn into Keller Peak Road and continue until the parking lot close to the summit. The fire tower on the summit can be explored starting at 9:00am. The sights and views from the summit are great and well worth the visit.


Keller Peak from the access road


Memorial plaque for aircraft accident on Keller Peak


View from the summit

IMG_2600Summit hardware

The sunspots and general propagation was not in our favor and made HF contacts quite difficult. Nevertheless I managed three S2S (Summit to summit) contacts with N6MKW (Mike) on Throop Peak, N0OI (Scott) on Onyx Peak and N6JZT on Mt. Islip.


Operating site


Antenna setup


View from operating site


View from the fire tower


Other visitors at the tower


Up you go

Keller Peak - from S18Road to Keller Peak

Date:25/Jul/2014  Summit:W6/CT-013 (Keller Peak)  Call Used:WN6E

Time Call Band Mode Notes
15:44z N6MKW 14MHz SSB 14,285.00 MHz – S2S
15:58z KM6CEM 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz
16:04z N6MDV 144MHz FM
16:12z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7,280.00 MHz
16:32z NA6MG 7MHz SSB
16:34z N0OI 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz – S2S
16:42z N6JZT 144MHz FM S2S
16:53z N6MKW 24MHz SSB 24,950 MHz – S2S
17:05z K6CMG 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz

Hope to see you on the next summit

73,  WN6E

SOTA activation of Lower Lytle Creek Ridge – W6/CT-147 on July 7, 2014

This was a joint activation with KB6CIO (Bob) and we started around 4:00am to avoid the summer heat on the hike to the summit. The hike from Shep Canyon to the summit starts right at the intersection of the two forest roads 3N31 and 2N56.


Hike to the summit above Lytle Creek


Forrest road intersection


Start of the hike – there is no trail just cross country to the summit


Morning mist not long after sunrise


On the way to the summit


Slowly the temperature increases


Lower Lytle Creek Ridge – W6/CT-147


Pine trees in a valley


Lytle Creek from the summit

The hike up is quite steep in the beginning so most of the elevation gain and cardio workout is right at the start. Due to the lack of a trail its a complete cross country hike not recommended during the afternoon heat in summer. The steep descent on the way back felt like surfing due to loose gravel on steep sections , just without the elegance of a surfer.


Operating site


Operating on 40m , 20m and FM

Operating on the summit was somehow hampered by technical problems but nevertheless the QSOs were fun and thanks to all the chasers coming back to my CQ.

Date:07/Jul/2014 Summit:W6/CT-147 (Lower Lytle Creek Ridge) Call Used:WN6E

Time Call Band Mode Notes
15:23z KN6CCW 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz
15:27z K6QCB 144MHz FM
15:36z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7.285 MHz
15:36z NA6MG 7MHz SSB
16:42z KI4SVM 14MHz SSB 14.285 MHz
16:43z WH6LE 14MHz SSB
16:44z NE4TN 14MHz SSB
16:44z W0MNA 14MHz SSB

73, WN6E

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