Frazier Mtn 2442m / 8011.81ft W6/CC-003 was a joint activation with Martin, WN6E. The summit (34.775 -118.969 or N 34° 46.500 W 118° 58.140 or N 34° 46′ 30.000″ W 118° 58′ 08.400″) is easily routed on Google Maps. This is a “drive up” with no hike up a mountain trial. The turns and markings to follow forest road 8N04 are very clear. You can also take a copy of our ground track that is in Martin’s Blog http://wavetraveler.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/sota-activation-of-frazier-mountain-w6cc-003-and-cerro-noreoeste-w6sc-001-on-july-15-2013/ (PLEASE see the excellent pictures of this site in the WN6E blog.) It is paved for the first third of the way with a well maintained dirt road that did not require a 4X4 for the remainder of the drive. The gate on the way to Frazier was open. If you want to be sure, you can always call the ranger station at 661-245-3731. Due to budget constraints at this time they are only taking calls M-F 9-12 and 2-4.
As a nice break from our freeway portion of the drive we stopped for breakfast with Scott, WA9STI, near his home. He had activated this earlier and was our mentor getting us to an ideal location just slightly away from the radio tower RFI. Later in the morning he emailed us directions to another nearby “Drive Up” at Cerro Noroeste which we decided to do later in the day.
With full T-Mobile cell service here it was easy to put out our SPOT’s. Add to this the good 2 meter path we had to KN6CCW who also did some SPOT’s for us. We had interesting and leisurely contacts with many of the regulars. It is always fun to match my 5 watt KX3 with WA6ARA in Ridgcrest who runs 10 watts on his. KE6ENI/XE2 made it to me on 2 meters in the clear then disappeared before Martin could grab him. We chatted at length with all 4 boy scouts via N6MDV on Mt. Silliman. Passing the radio back and forth we were able to answer most of their challenging questions. To get to their summit these 7th & 8th grade boys had to complete a class 2 rock climb. They were camping nearby for a week. Another fun S2S was with KD7VVG who is a Fire Lookout on Tobias Peak.
My station was set up using an 8 oz aborist throw weight to run my slick string over one of the many trees for my long wire. I had a neat table using one of the old cement structures and some nice shade.
Date: 15/Jul/2014 Summit: W6/CC-003 Frazier Mtn Call Used: KB6CIO
|18:01z||KN6CCW||144MHz||FM||Tnx for all the SPOTs|
|18:07z||WA6RIC||7MHz||SSB||7.285 Rick Ridgcrest 59|
|18:08z||WA9STI||7MHz||SSB||Scott 59+10/59 our mentor today|
|18:09z||WA6ARA||7MHz||SSB||Mike 59/44 10 watts KX3 Ridgcrest|
|18:25z||WA6NVL||7MHz||SSB||33/44 San Diego|
|18:29z||AE9F||7MHz||SSB||55/44 San Francisco|
|19:07z||KE6ENI/XE2||144MHz||FM||Mexico ! 146.52|
|19:09z||KD7VVG||144MHz||FM||S2S Tobias Peak W6/SS-330 Ernest Fire Lookout|
|19:25z||N6MDV||144MHz||FM||S2S Mt. Silliman W6/SS-217 146.535 4 boys scouts we talked with class 2 rock climb & camping|