SOTA Activation of Hoyt Mnt. – W6/CT-146, March 8, 2014

The Hoyt Mnt. hike starts right next to the parking lot at mile marker 32.82 on the Los Angeles Crest Highway 2. It’s not along hike but an extremely steep one. The elevation gain is substantial right from the start and until you reach the first stone cairn you had an extreme good workout.  Hoyt is the one behind this marked summit and has its own cairn.

hoyt_routeRoute to Hoyt Mountain

IMG_1852Highway 2 parking lot

IMG_1853Landmark plaque at parking lot and trail head

IMG_1854First summit before Hoyt

IMG_1857First cairn

IMG_1858Hoyt Mountain from first cairn

IMG_1855View to Los Angeles

IMG_1871Summit Hoyt Mountain

IMG_1866Operating site

IMG_1868Antenna setup

Until the second cairn on Hoyt there is some kind of faint trail to the summit plateau you have to bushwhack. On the summit were extremely windy conditions and I lost my notes during setup “gone with the wind”. So I started the activation without knowing the exact summit designation (who can keep these cryptic designators in mind – I don’t). The band conditions were very good and the problem with the designator was solved with my second contact KB6CIO (Bob) mobile on the highways of Orange County. He gave me the designator and spotted me thanks a lot Bob.

Hoyt Mountain is a very nice summit really worth the hike – even its a very challenging hike to the top, not to mention the descent.

Thanks to the following contacts from Hoyt Mountain:

Date:08/Mar/2014  Summit:W6/CT-146 (Hoyt Mtn.)

Time Call Band Mode Notes
16:51z IK2QPR 24MHz SSB 24,950 MHz – DX Italy
16:57z KB6CIO 14MHz SSB 14,347 MHz
17:09z K6TUY 14MHz SSB
17:10z K5WI 14MHz SSB
17:11z K8TE 14MHz SSB
17:11z NS7P 14MHz SSB
17:11z AJ5C 14MHz SSB
17:14z KA5PVB 14MHz SSB
17:15z K7NEW 14MHz SSB
17:15z W7CNL 14MHz SSB
17:16z AI0Q 14MHz SSB
17:19z AD1C 14MHz SSB
17:20z AE4FZ 14MHz SSB
17:21z WA2USA 14MHz SSB
17:24z N3JXB 24MHz SSB 24,960 MHz
17:25z EA2LU 24MHz SSB DX Spain
17:26z N1EU 24MHz SSB
17:31z KB6CIO 24MHz SSB 24,975 MHz
17:32z N7UN 24MHz SSB
17:32z AA1VX 24MHz SSB
17:33z VE7AM 24MHz SSB
17:33z AE4FZ 24MHz SSB

IMG_1874Los Angeles from the summit

IMG_1877Descent from the Hoyt cairn