This was the first time this site had been activated and only my second activation since starting SOTA a few weeks ago. We parked at the end of Vantage Point Drive (Approximately N 33° 57.565 W 117° 54.050 elevation 1152ft). Ahead of us were bikers, joggers, geocachers, and walkers. During the entire activation they continued up to our site and often climbed the fence behind us. The walk is a mild uphill gaining about 200ft in about 0.4 miles to where we operated from. We set up at this point as there were cows walking by on the other side of the fence. They took to a slight run away from us when they got near us. We were careful to avoid them when exploring their side of the fence. When we went over the gate and through the holes in the fence we found the actual CT-240 area to be hostile with litter, broken glass, paint cans, roaming livestock, manure, flies, and other unmentionable and unpleasant items. We backed off to 450 feet from that exact location to N 33 57.308, W 117 53.779 elevation 1358 ft.
For simplicity and to get on the air quickly the best antenna for the day was my vertical. I could have spent more time and set up a dipole or long wire at a reasonable elevation using the hills, fences, and other abandoned structures. In the pictures you can see I clamped on to the metal fencing and deployed 2 radials/counterpoise perpendicular to the fence. I also run 25 feet of coax which is part of my counterpoise.
We have never been the rare station that everyone else was calling. What an experience. We felt guilty when we got home and found there were people we never heard. Darn poor propagation cycle.
The logistics and assistance from the community of hams and geocachers to get us here was incredible!!! THANK YOU! This was WAY TO MUCH FUN!
History of this site: During the Cold War the U.S. Military constructed 16 Nike Missile sites around the Los Angeles area. The first one was operation in 1950 and the last one was decommissioned in 1974. Today little remains of this interesting part of L.A. defense history. This is the location of the L-29 missile site’s Battery Integrated Fire Control (IFC): Individual Nike-Ajax battery control radar equipment consisted of TTR- target tracking radar, MTR- missile tracking radar and ACQR- acquisition radar. You can see still see remains of the concrete structures that supported the radar equipment.