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This was an interesting SOTA (Summits On The Air) activation with some propagation challenges from an interesting site. I was looking for an easy one with a short and mild hike. This met the requirements perfectly. There are a few minor challenges to Mt Rubidoux which is only a small hill at 426m/1398ft.

Getting there is a easy drive on the 91 freeway exiting at 14th street going north toward the summit. In just a few minutes you see it ahead of you. That tiny white vertical object at the top is a cross on the summit.

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I arrived before 8am local so street parking was not available yet (no parking 9pm to 8am). I continued to the Sports Park (33.97663, -117.39348) where San Andreas Ave ends at Tequesquite Ave.  This extended my walk by 0.2 miles.

Walking routeWalking route 1.1 miles from the Park entrance to Summit, 416 feet of elevation gain.

I found out that this summit is much like an ant hill. It has a continuous flow of people going to the top. You are not going to be alone on this one so be prepared to be a ham radio advocate talking it up with the public. Cell service on T-Mobile was excellent. APRS2SOTA should work as I was sending out APRS position reports.

Band conditions today were poor. I initially thought it was just local only to find out other locations were experiencing similar conditions. I had time so I tried each band for at least 15 minutes or more. One of the nice things were the QRP chasers that worked carefully with me to get their reports. With full cell service I coordinated several tries to work KM6CEM to no avail. I even put my 2 meter dipole on my mast to specifically work him. At the end of the day WA6RIC coordinated a Summit to Summit for me and WA6ARA. Conditions just did not support that on the bands we tried. Such is the life of ham radio, dumb luck and propagation is only sometimes in our favor.

Thanks to all the Chasers that could get me!

 Date: 17/Nov/2014 Summit: W6/CT-243 Mt. Rubidoux Call Used: KB6CIO

Time Call Band Mode Notes
16:29z KN6CCW 144MHz FM 146.52 59+60/22
16:32z K6QCB 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59
17:10z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7.183 57/57
17:14z WA6RIC 7MHz SSB s55 Rick Ridgecrest
17:16z AA7DK 7MHz SSB 33/51
17:24z W7USA 7MHz SSB 33/33
17:36z AA7DK 14MHz SSB 14.285 57/51 much better on 20m
17:37z WG0AT 14MHz SSB 55/57 Steve famous SOTA Goat Colorado
17:38z KF7JQV 14MHz SSB s22
17:39z NS7P 14MHz SSB 44/56 Phil OR helped me with CNL
17:41z W7CNL 14MHz SSB 22/33 Bosie. Tnx to NS7P getting me the CNL part
17:44z KH2TJ 14MHz SSB 44/57 from Portola Ca (not Guam)
17:45z WA2USA 14MHz SSB 33/44
17:47z AE9F 14MHz SSB s22
17:48z WB5USB 14MHz SSB 33/54
18:20z K6CMG 14MHz SSB 22/22
18:28z NE4TN 18MHz SSB 18.167 22/44 worked with me until I finally got the correct call
18:33z KA5PVB 18MHz SSB s22 always a Great QRP operator from TX
18:42z W0ERI 18MHz SSB 21.385 22/58 Martha Kansas
18:42z W0MNA 18MHz SSB 22/58 Gary Kansas
18:44z K2JB 18MHz SSB s22
18:58z KD0MQO 28MHz SSB 28.385 59/55 Frank MO – put out a spot in MO with report

 

Video at:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/z3_2wf3HhpLzTH6zUGU2MVoNoAS0ucIo77DgURcBNkY?feat=directlink

 

Photos Below

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Video at:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/z3_2wf3HhpLzTH6zUGU2MVoNoAS0ucIo77DgURcBNkY?feat=directlink

 

 

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