Mt. Lawlor – SOTA Activation – W6/CT-089 – April 2, 2016

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Mt. Lawlor Summit

Started from home at 4:30am and reached the Redbox Parking Lot at the intersection to the Mt. Wilson Observatory and Highway 2 around 5:45am. After admiring the sunrise the hike started around 6:00am a magnificent walk in the morning breeze up to the saddle where the trails to Mt. Lawlor and Strawberry Peak start.

The trail to Mt. Lawlor is partly overgrown and one has to take care not to loose it. In any case when in doubt just move up towards the summit. On my way down I lost the trail and ended up in the middle of nowhere which required hiking back up for quite some time until I found the right way down again.

On the summit I set up for HF and enjoyed the tremendous views before starting on 146.52 FM. I have to admit I rarely use FM on summits but today I got so many calls that I stayed quite a while on FM and had a S2S with Neil (K6KWI) on Niguel Hill. On 20m Bob (KB6CIO) spotted me but for 30 min no contact so I switched to CW but broke a wire on my key – my apologies to the chasers coming back to my CQ – my repair attempt didn’t work out.

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Trail close to Redbox Parking

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Sunrise

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Panorama from the trail

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On the trail to the saddle

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Summit trail

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On the way

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Summit view

Thank you for the contacts from Mt. Lawlor:

Date:02/Apr/2016  –  Summit:W6/CT-089 –  (Mt. Lawlor) –  Call Used:WN6E

Time Call Band Mode Notes
15:50z N6HEG 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz
15:51z KN6CCW 144MHz FM
16:00z NG6R 144MHz FM
16:02z KM6DM 144MHz FM
16:05z KX6A 144MHz FM
16:06z K6CMG 144MHz FM
16:24z K6WWI 144MHz FM
16:29z K6KWI 144MHz FM S2S  W6/SC-371

73,

WN6E

SOTA activation of Fernando 2 Benchmark – W6/CT-158 on July 18, 2014

Fernando Benchmark 2 – W6/CT-158 was a group activation together with Bob (KB6CIO) and Neil (K6KWI) the summit is an old NIke site and very close to the Los Angeles Fire department Fire Camp 9.
The road to the fire camp opens at 6:00 am and remains open until 6:00 pm. We arrived just as they opened the gate, because we left early from Orange county to beat the traffic and the afternoon heat.
On this summit we decided to try something new 2m SSB. This is quite common in Europe and the East Coast but we decided to try it on this summit for the first time for our activaton on the West Coast.  KB6CIO and WN6E operated QRP, K6KWI used 50 W output power.
DSCN0212Entrance to Fire Camp 9
IMG_2556View from the summit trail
IMG_2553Fire Camp 9 from the summit
IMG_2572Summit views
IMG_2563Summit views
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Old Nike site helipad
IMG_2581Summit benchmark
IMG_2575Close to the benchmark
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Antenna setup
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WN6E operating 2m SSB – QSO with KM6AB
IMG_2576Chopper getting ready for take off from Fire Camp 9
Early in the morning propagation was not good on the HF bands so we started with FM and 2m SSB, later during the morning we switched to HF. Even we made only one contact on 2m SSB I will continue to use this mode as part of my activations. It was real fun with low power and modest equipment.
It was a great day and a lot of fun activating W6/CT-158. Nice drive, great views and tons of radio fun including two S2S with N6JZT from W6/CT-011 and N6MKW on W6/CT-087.
Thanks to all the chasers and contacts for the QSOs:
Date:18/Jul/2014  Summit:W6/CT-158 (Fernando 2 Benchmark)  Call Used:WN6E
Time Call Band Mode Notes
14:40z WA9STI 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz
14:41z K6TW 144MHz FM
14:42z W6JAT 144MHz FM
14:45z N6JZT 144MHz FM S2S W6/CT-011
15:22z N6MKW 144MHz FM S2S W6/CT-087
15:42z NS7P 14MHz SSB 14.282 MHz
15:43z KA5PVB 14MHz SSB
15:59z KM6AB 144MHz SSB 144.200 SSB
16:05z KN6CCW 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz
16:51z WB5USB 14MHz SSB 14.285 MHz
16:53z N4MJ 14MHz SSB
16:54z W0MNA 14MHz SSB
16:54z W0ERI 14MHz SSB
16:55z W7CNL 14MHz SSB
16:55z K2JB 14MHz SSB
17:07z N6MKW 24MHz SSB 24.950 MHz S2S W6/CT-087
17:10z K6CMG 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz

73,

WN6E