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If you are following me here you may have detected a little theme for the last few activation’s. In the mid west and eastern states there are people who play ‘snow bird’. They so-to-speak migrate to warm parts of the country until the winter is over. A few of us here in California are doing a similar thing to escape the heat. We are doing early activation’s or ‘drive up’ ones. Although we left our homes extremely early to avoid traffic we did not activate this until a bit after 6am local as that is the time the gate at Fire Camp 9 is opened. We literally drove up as the person was getting in his car after unlocking the gate. You drive right though the fire station and take a slight left at the end of the helicopter pads to the summit. Routing to this delightful site was to simply put in the coordinates (34.3531 -118.4173 or N 34° 21.186 W 118° 25.038 or N 34° 21′ 11.160″ W 118° 25′ 02.280″) in my car navigator which guided us right to the parking spot via a paved road to just a few hundred feet from the summit.  It is a very easy walk up a small hill and you can readily find the Camp 9 Benchmark in the center of the flat spot on top. We also logged the Geocache that is also on the top a few hundred feet from where we operated.

The three of us, Martin (WN6E), Neil (K6KWI) and myself (Bob KB6CIO) scouted the area. We spread out to reduce interference with each other. Although the overcast in the valley never cleared completely we had a great 360 degree view. There is no shade on the top. Being a drive up we brought a lot of fun equipment. This included some log periodic beams for 144-440 mhz and a large assortment of radios. I don’t own a beam so I got to take turns working their stations on the high bands. We worked hard for some contacts that we could not make. Others were very easy. The wonderful chasers were on every band we worked from W6/CT-158

I may duplicate some of Martin’s pictures however you should look at his Wavetraveler Blog (click here for a new window).

Date: 18/Jul/2014 Summit: W6/CT-158 Fernando 2 Benchmark  Call Used: KB6CIO

Time Call Band Mode Notes
13:55z WA9STI 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59 Scott on bicycle
14:02z WA6VHA 144MHz FM 57/59
14:03z W1EH 144MHz FM 57/59
14:19z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7.281 44/55
14:39z K6TUY 21MHz SSB 21.285 59/56
14:52z K6TW 144MHz FM 146.52 Mobile head for a summit
14:59z N6JZT 144MHz FM Hal S2S W6/CT-011 (Mt. Williamson)
15:27z N6MKW 144MHz FM Mike S2S W6/CT-087 (Pt. 6020)
15:35z KN6CCW 7MHz SSB 7.293 59/57
15:39z NS7P 7MHz SSB 24/22 Great Op, both of us weak signal
15:40z N7AMA 7MHz SSB 33/51
16:01z KM6AB 144MHz SSB 144.200 SSB w WN6E rig+beam Mike San Pedro 59/59
16:08z KN6CCW 144MHz FM 146.52 w K6KWI rig+beam 45/46
16:12z K6DPF 144MHz FM 146.52 Craig Irvine w K6KWI rig+beam 59/59
16:43z WA6RIC 7MHz SSB 7.293 Rick Ridgecrest 59/56
16:54z WB0USI 7MHz SSB 44/42 Great Op, both of us weak signal w/QSB
17:10z K6CMG 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59 Chris

This is a link to a 47 second video with a panoramic view from the top of the summit: Picasa Video (Click here to open new window)

Fire Camp 9

Fire Camp 9

Fire Camp 9

Fire Camp 9

Fire Camp 9

Fire Camp 9

Fire Camp 9

Fire Camp 9

Helicopter taking off Camp 9

Helicopter taking off Camp 9

THE Benchmark

THE Benchmark

KB6CIO Bob and WN6E Martin

KB6CIO Bob and WN6E Martin

WN6E Martin and K6KWI Neil

WN6E Martin and K6KWI Neil

Neil K6KWI

Neil K6KWI

Neil K6KWI

Neil K6KWI

KB6CIO

KB6CIO Bob

THANK YOU TO ALL THE CHASER’S

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