Flint Peak SOTA May 26, 2014

Trail Head

Trail Head

Monday, 05-26-2014. It was Memorial Day so we decided to activate Flint Peak knowing it would be fairly quick as we did not want to run into a lot of holiday traffic. Not to mention the heat factor! Fortunately Mike, N6MKW, had scouted out a good and friendly entrance to the trail head. In case you have not read his blog, he said, “… I took Linda Vista from the 210 freeway, turned right on Lida and left on Figueroa. Take Figueroa until it ends at the trail head…”. Parking at trail head is free 34.166594, -118.188266 or equivalent N 34° 09.996 W 118° 11.296.

It is an easy hike to Flint Peak W6/CT-225. We found the two geocaches as we walked and used them as way points guiding us to the top. The walk is 0.7 miles each way with an elevation gain of about +260 ft from the trail head to the summit.

GPS Ground Track

GPS Ground Track

  A view of the summit on the way up.

A view of the summit on the way up.

You cannot enter the well fenced communications site but you probably would not want to do so anyway.  We managed to find a small bit of shade to set up our temporary SOTA shack.  Not unusual I suppose that we encountered some interesting technical problems just being close to all the towers.  At one point Janet, KK6LBC, was making contacts on 2 meters just fine. All of a sudden we noticed her radio receiver was completely dead and that we were hearing the other end of the QSO from my hand held sitting on the ground. We quickly adapted to using both radios. Her radio was on the dipole you will see in a picture later. Mine was on a rubber duck. Later that day when we arrived home,  we did some testing and could not find anything wrong with her radio. Most likely,  it was just overload from all the communication equipment next to us.

When I went to 15 meters,  I noticed some delightful Asian music and singing on my radio. I tried to tune away from it, however, there was no escape as it played lightly across the whole band. Since there were some nice signals,  I did a self SPOT hoping for “chasers” who had the right conditions but the contacts were not happening. Not a good day for the SOTA folks on 15 or 10 meters so we packed up and went home.

Now for the rest of the pictures:

 

 Urban Art

Urban Art

 

Even a road sign up there

Even a road sign up there

A creature guarding us

A creature guarding us

  Bob, KB6CIO

Bob, KB6CIO

Elecraft KX3

Elecraft KX3

1 pound 12v battery

1 pound 12v battery

2 Meter dipole. 19 1/2 inches each leg. K6KWI  verified less than 2:1 across band on his MFJ analyzer. Vertically mounted.

2 Meter dipole. 19 1/2 inches each leg. K6KWI verified less than 2:1 across band on his MFJ analyzer.  Vertically mounted in more open space that the picture shows.

Top of fishing pole has Teflon ring with miniature carabiner connected to antenna.

  Top of  11 0unce 18 ft fishing pole has Teflon ring with miniature carabiner connected to antenna.

36 ft long wire with 9:1 Unun covers 40-10 with antenna tuner.

36 ft long wire with 9:1 Unun covers 40-6 meters with the built in antenna tuner.

Date: 26/May/2014 Summit: W6/CT-225 (Flint Peak) Call Used: KK6LBC

Time Call Band Mode Notes
16:49z K6CMG 144MHz FM 146.58 Chris
17:01z AK6Q 144MHz FM Scott
17:03z KI6J 144MHz FM Stu
17:09z N6JZT 144MHz FM Hal
17:51z N6MKW 144MHz FM Mike

 

Date: 26/May/2014 Summit: W6/CT-225 (Flint Peak) Call Used: KB6CIO Points: 1

Time Call Band Mode Notes
16:50z K6CMG 144MHz FM Chris climbing San Gabriel
17:01z AK6Q 144MHz FM 6.58 Scott mobile
17:03z KI6J 144MHz FM 146.58 Stu
17:09z N6JZT 144MHz FM Hal ~55/55
17:15z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7.285 Arizona
17:16z NS7P 7MHz SSB 59/33 Oregon
17:19z WB0USI 7MHz SSB 59/53 Northern California
17:21z NK6A 7MHz SSB 55/57 Don MAR VISTA, CA a SOTA guy who does SM Mountains
17:34z KC9TTR 14MHz SSB 14.285 44/33 Good Op
17:36z W0MNA 14MHz SSB Gary 44/44 Kansas
17:37z W0ERI 14MHz SSB Martha 44/44 Kansas
17:49z N6MKW 144MHz SSB Mike 6.58 leaving for motorcycle ride
18:23z KK6EHQ 144MHz SSB 146.58 59/59 he contacted K6QCB on other freq for me
18:24z K6QCB 144MHz SSB Jeff, Rancho Cuchamonga
18:46z KH2TJ 144MHz SSB 146.52 mobile

73’s and our thanks to all the chasers !!

Bob and Janet

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