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Strawberry Peak (1875m/6152ft) W6/CT-086 is a very easy “drive up” near Big Bear and a worthwhile adventure. Martin, WN6E, and I found it easily. I will admit we got a bit lost when we left via a random road so we had to spend a few minutes getting back on track. On occasion it has become part of our early morning routine to stop for a fast food breakfast. After breakfast we drove up Highway 18 and turned at Scenic Way Road (34.23001, -117.22133). With a few easy turns we drove up to the summit at 34.231899261475, -117.23449707031 (N 34° 13.914 W 017° 14.070 or N 34° 13′ 54.840″ W 17° 14′ 04.200″). The gate was already open so we parked at the Fire Lookout where there is plenty of space and a brand new picnic table.

Initially we set up on the picnic table by the Fire Lookout. After a few minutes of tuning up I moved about 200 feet away so we did not interfere with each other. This place even has an outhouse. We had some very good operators. I was honored to work Charles, KM6CEM, the moment I turned on the 2 meter rig. Even with heavy QSB, N4EX gave good instructions so he was eventually able to get my report. A very diligent chaser, VE2JCW, gave me a 1-1 yet he worked to make sure I had a confirmed report. All of the Chasers make these activation’s worthwhile.

After the activation we walked out and found the Geocache “Fire Line” GCRYTM. I learned a valuable lesson from Martin on this little walk. He no long takes pictures of snakes he sees. He leaves that fellow a lot of space immediately. In another country he was visiting recently you are dead in 30 minutes if struck by a viper. See Martin’s Blog Wavetraveler (click here for a new window).

We continued our adventure by climbing the stairs to the Fire Lookout. The host gave us a detailed tour. A point of interest is that the step stools and bed are on insulators so if there is a lightning strike you are insulated from the floor.

Date: 08/Aug/2014 Summit: W6/CT-086 Strawberry Peak Call Used: KB6CIO

Time Call Band Mode Notes
14:01z KM6CEM 144MHz FM 146.52 59/55 Again the first log entry. A Great Operator.
14:27z K6CMG 144MHz FM Chris 59/59
14:40z W6RV 7MHz SSB 7.283 44/54
14:42z N7AMA 7MHz SSB I sent 33 rpt
14:55z KN6CCW 14MHz SSB On Martins rig, 14.282 59/59
15:03z WA6RIC 7MHz SSB 7.280 Rick Ridgecrest 55/54
15:07z K6EL 7MHz SSB 7.280 44/33
15:18z N4EX 21MHz SSB 21.385 44/33 HVY QSB, GREAT OP
15:19z K2JB 21MHz SSB 21.385 NC 59/55
15:22z NE4TN 21MHz SSB 21.385 TN 55/44
15:26z K6QCB 144MHz FM 146.52 S2S PARK THEN A SHORT STEEP HIKE. W6/CT-212 Mt. Jurupa 59/59 Jeff
15:33z KJ6VGX 144MHz FM 146.52 Bob S2S W6/CT-212 Mt. Jurupa 59/59 2nd contact wont count for me
15:44z VE2JCW 21MHz SSB CANADA 21.385 FANTASTIC OP, VERY PATIENT 55/11
15:46z AK4VU 21MHz SSB 21.385 MIKE 33/55
15:47z AE4FZ 21MHz SSB 21.385 44/44
16:24z N6MKW 7MHz SSB 7.182 S2S 33/44 W6/CT-015 Pacifico Mtn

 

Our morning view from the Summit

Our morning view from the Summit

Strawberry Benchmark

Strawberry Benchmark

WN6E operating at the new table

WN6E operating at the new table

KB6CIO Working them

KB6CIO Working them

My big and lightweight battery

My big and lightweight battery

The Geocache was in plain site

The Geocache was in plain site

Fire Lookout

Fire Lookout

Insulated foot stools

Insulated foot stools

A view from the Fire Lookout

A view from the Fire Lookout

Our host who was the lookout

Our host who was the lookout

 

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