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
|14:01z||KM6CEM||144MHz||FM||146.52 59/55 Again the first log entry. A Great Operator.|
|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|
|15:18z||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|
|16:24z||N6MKW||7MHz||SSB||7.182 S2S 33/44 W6/CT-015 Pacifico Mtn|