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We departed from Neil’s home in Anaheim Hills very early to avoid traffic and the weekend tourists in the mountains. The first thing we noticed is that the routing software shows Kratka Ridge, W6/CT-014, in the middle of Highway 2 so there is only a 1 minute difference if we went via La Canada Flintridge or from the Highway 15 entrance via the 138. I had programmed the GPS 60 with a parking place at 34.35142, -117.89706 (equivalent to N 34° 21.085 W 117° 53.824). This puts you in the parking lot at the driveway to the now abandoned ski area. My smart phone has a dumb user so it’s navigation failed today. Good thing I carry a traditional GPS.

It was a bit brisk as we started our steep uphill walk. By the time we got 1/4 of a mile up we took off our outer layers of jackets as we had warmed up from the climb. My post GPS statistics from this trip yielded: started 6811 feet; gained 727 feet; summit at 7538; one mile each way; 13.1% grade. I would advise you to take the road even though you might be tempted to take the direct route straight up the ski lift path. At 0.15 miles before the summit is the only way point Geocache on this road (Ski Kratka Ridge! http://coord.info/GC1A42G GC1A42G). This was Neil’s first Geocache which had the added bonus of having a trackable in it. The hike is up a road until the last 250 feet which is a small single track trail to the ridge. The walk is in plush green trees with small patches of snow on the side of the road. The summit has plenty of room for a multiple operator set up so we got a bit of physical separation to improve our operation. The views at the ridge today were terrific.

We operated several different bands so we did not interfere with each other as much. We were very pleased to have so many chasers considering they could have been working the big DX contest.  I got to work one contact on 20 meters while Neil was changing his battery. I got a Hal, N6JTZ for my only contact on this band.

Sorry, there are Way to many pictures – enjoy.

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Parking

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Ground Track

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I do Not recommend you going straight up the chair lift to the summit. Take the road.

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Most of the hike is on a road.

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The road up

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Neil K6KWI

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Bob KB6CIO

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There is a Geocache hiding here.

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The Geocache still hidden – do you see it?

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The Geocache

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Great views

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Great views

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The single track trail down to the road.

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Neil, K6KWI

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Bob, KB6CIO

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A view from the Summit

 

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K6KWI Radio Set Up

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Neil’s HF antenna

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K6KWI 2 meter beam

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Two things hidden in this view. Antenna and sign.

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Bob’s antenna

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Now at the peak you are obviously in the wilderness so there is a sign telling you that.

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KB6CIO Station

Neil, K6KWI Log: Date:29/Mar/2014 Summit:W6/CT-014 (Kratka Ridge) Points: 8

Time Call Band Mode Notes
17:28z K6FEX 144MHz FM S6 – VHF – Orange
17:29z KA6SFY 144MHz FM S6 – VHF – Azusa
17:32z K6KNR 144MHz FM S9 – VHF – Anaheim
17:33z NI6R 144MHz FM S9 – VHF – Brea
17:38z KR6J 144MHz FM S9 – VHF – Orange
17:55z NS7P 14MHz SSB 5/7 – OR
17:56z K7RDG 14MHz SSB 5/9 – AZ
17:58z K0YO 14MHz SSB 4/5 – UT
18:00z WB5USB 14MHz SSB 4/2 – NM
18:02z KC0ZVN 14MHz SSB 5/9 – AZ
18:03z KC7IEC 14MHz SSB 5/7 – WA
18:04z N6TFP 14MHz SSB 5/8 – CA
18:07z W7CNL 14MHz SSB 5/7 – ID
18:14z N6JZT 14MHz SSB 5/6 – CA
18:15z WA9STI 14MHz SSB 4/5 – CA
18:17z K6CMG 14MHz SSB 5/9 – CA
18:18z KX7L 14MHz SSB 5/6 – WA
18:19z K6SSS 14MHz SSB 5/9 – CA
18:20z KF7JQV 14MHz SSB 5/7 – WA
18:21z KA5PUB 14MHz SSB 3/2 – TX

KB6CIO Log Date:29/Mar/2014 Summit:W6/CT-014 (Kratka Ridge) Points: 8

Time Call Band Mode Notes
17:32z W0MNA 24MHz SSB 24.960 55/55
17:32z W0ERI 24MHz SSB 55/55
17:33z VA6FUN 24MHz SSB 55/33
17:34z WA2USA 24MHz SSB 59/45
17:34z N4EX 24MHz SSB 59/44 Indiana
17:35z N1EU 24MHz SSB 57/44 NY
17:38z AE4FZ 24MHz SSB 58/44
17:47z KD0MOM 24MHz SSB 44/44
18:00z WA6RIC 7MHz SSB 7.285 59/56
18:05z WA9STI 7MHz SSB Scott 46/44
18:06z K6TUY 7MHz SSB 59/Bob had S8 noise so I was tough copy
18:12z N6JTZ 14MHz SSB 14.345 44/53 Neil changing battery
18:45z K1JD 18MHz SSB 18.145 59+60/55 NM
18:52z KA5PVB 18MHz SSB 55
19:23z KD6ZLV 144MHz SSB 146.52 Told him about SOTA

73, Bob & Neil

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