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.
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:
Top of 11 0unce 18 ft fishing pole has Teflon ring with miniature carabiner connected to antenna.
Date: 26/May/2014 Summit: W6/CT-225 (Flint Peak) Call Used: KK6LBC
Date: 26/May/2014 Summit: W6/CT-225 (Flint Peak) Call Used: KB6CIO Points: 1
|16:50z||K6CMG||144MHz||FM||Chris climbing San Gabriel|
|17:01z||AK6Q||144MHz||FM||6.58 Scott mobile|
|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|
73’s and our thanks to all the chasers !!
Bob and Janet