Seeing a Not yet activated on this nearby summit got me curious. W6/SC-362 Signal Peak Elevation 355m (1,164.7 feet) is very close to a couple of very public areas. It is equally close to some private gated communities. Clearly the radio towers and associated equipment buildings are fenced and protected. Being geographically challenged I went to the map image files to find my way up. To me it looked like a couple of trails right at the base before the summit were accessible. I parked right across the street from this trail head at 33.606687, -117.811045 (equivalent to N 33° 36.401 W 117° 48.663). Never trust me to read your maps as when I arrived at the trail head I found these were cement V drainage ditches. I took the one at a 30 degree up hill angle and got a nice work out for a few minutes. I arrived at the summit 33.60599899292, -117.8117980957 (equivalent to N 33° 36.360 W 117° 48.708) and set up my station. A note to a future activator – you might want to explore the road to the towers for easier access.
Propagation was not my friend so I kept bouncing to different bands trying to accommodate chasers everywhere. To my delight this worked well. I had full data service on my smart phone so I used the brilliantly designed tool SpotLite ( http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/spot ) to post my SPOT each time I changed frequency. Some of the chasers are incredibly good at working weak signals and very patient helping me get their call signs and reports. I am equally delighted when they get my report from a 5 watt radio with a long wire antenna. The radio towers produce a lot of dirty RF which clobbered my 2 meter radio and even my HF receiver on occasion.
Date: 22/Apr/2014 Summit: W6/SC-362 (Signal Peak) Call Used: KB6CIO Points: 1
|14:49z||W7RV||7MHz||SSB||7.282 59/59 AZ|
|15:17z||WG0AT||14MHz||SSB||14.285 44/55 CO|
|15:39z||N4EX||18MHz||SSB||18.140 44/43 NC|
|16:20z||AG6ZR||144MHz||FM||Santa Ana, Calif|
|16:22z||KD6CQS||144MHz||FM||Tom Belflower, Calif|
|16:31z||N6MKW||14MHz||SSB||14.285 S2S W6/CT-167 22/22 confirmed by relay w/NS7P|
|16:41z||RU1AF||21MHz||SSB||21.292 Sergi 44/55 Great Op 150km SW St Petersberg|
|17:09z||N6MKW||7MHz||SSB||7.284 S2S W6-CT-167 59/53|
|17:19z||WA6RIC||7MHz||SSB||7.278 Rick Ridgcrest, Ca windy overcast 59/55|
|18:23z||KG3W||24MHz||SSB||Scott PA 22/22 Great Op w weak signals both ways|
|18:42z||KJ6JKA||28MHz||SSB||28.385 59/56 Will Huntington Beach|
|19:30z||K6QCB||144MHz||FM||146.58 22/42 Jeff|