We started from north Orange County at about 6:15 AM. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the San Diego area. The turn off from Carmel Valley Road is at 32.993691, -117.119732 equivalent to N 32° 59.621 W 117° 07.184. From here we drove up the road to the free parking area. The trail head is at 32.99258 -117.11625 equivalent to N 32° 59.555 W 117° 06.975. [Note: there is another frequently used access via Hilltop Community Park located at 9711 Oviedo Way.] The route we took is a 2 mile up hill (~800 feet elevation gain) to the summit at 32.981700897217, -117.11640167236 equivalent to N 32° 58.902 W 117° 06.984. Lots of Geocaches were found along the way which we also used as way points. For the first half mile or so, there are benches to rest and short side trails for a scenic view of the area. The trail then becomes single track and quite rocky. This area is popular for mountain bikers as well as hikers. The last half mile is an arduous climb to the summit on the rocky vehicle access road. Once we reached the summit we found ourselves a nice area off the beaten path to set up our SOTA shack. We were surrounded by the aromatic scents of wild sage bush, mustard and anise.
Phone service was good at the summit so Bob was able to contact K6KWI Neil for spotting. Regretfully, we never had a SOTA contact with him. At one point we used a local repeater to contact KK6MAA, Bob, so we could do a simplex contact with him. We had two great summit-to-summit contacts with K6CMG, Chris, and K6YOA, Gary. After several hardy tries we finally worked KK6KUM. He was on the way down from a SOTA activation at San Gorgonio. Overall the propagation was very poor but we had loads of fun anyway!
Date:10/May/2014 Summit:W6/SC-338 (Black Mtn.) Call Used:KK6LBC Points: 1
|18:58z||K6CMG||144MHz||FM||He was on W6/CT-010 Islip|
|20:06z||K1CT||144MHz||FM||He was mobile|
Date:10/May/2014 Summit:W6/SC-338 (Black Mtn.) Call Used:KB6CIO Points: 1
|18:53z||K6CMG||144MHz||FM||He was on Islip W6/CT-010|
|19:32z||K6YOA||14MHz||SSB||33/53 Gary W6/CT-014 Kratka S2S|