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There is always a story on these adventures and this was no exception. On Tuesday, I started early enough that I should have been on time. As the massive traffic of southern California overcame me I realized I would be late. I got off the freeway and reposted my start time. My faithful cell phone navigation software took me through some scenic areas to the Trail Head 34.107388  -118.909238 or N 34° 06.443  W 118° 54.554. There is plenty of room for parking. I noted during the planning that there were no Geocaches and no Benchmarks to use as way points. The Google maps and previous posts clearly show the path to the summit. It is about 0.82 miles to the Summit of 810m (2657ft) with about 400 ft of elevation gain. This is a way point for the sharp left turn up to the summit at N34° 06.350′ W118° 55.052′ (elevation 2550 ft).

One of the unexpected delights was that Al, KK6AL, came up to join me. I had sent him the Alert in the hope he might work me from his home on HF or 2 meters. As I was driving up he gathered some radio’s and tossed them in his VW Van. I had no idea he was coming up until he arrived at the trail head when he called me on 2 meters simplex. Much to my delight that was my fist contact as I was at the summit. He had forgotten to put any of his backpacks in so being an innovative ham he employed a three wheel hand pushed golf cart to carry up his gear.

One of the delights was that there was intermittent T-Mobile cell service so I was able to do a few SPOT’s via the web. Al, KK6AL, had good Verizon service. Yet another miracle was that Al brought a beam up so we were able to get Jeff, K6QCB, on 2 meters. I heard Jeff earlier, however, I could not get him on my rubber duck. The operators today were a great joy. As Al approached the last few feet of the summit I was working a loud part of the pileup on 40m. As conditions changed I had some fantastic contacts with hams who patiently worked me with very low signals until we confirmed the contact. Al had never heard anyone actually give a 11 report. An additional luxury that made our work easy were the SPOT’s provided by several chasers – THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH !

Al deployed and enjoyed all kinds of operations from his D-Star, FM, DMR (Digital Mobile Radio), and HF. Another first for both of us was working N7EAL, Neal, on DMR 441.000 Simplex Talkgroup Direct 99. Neal was about 20 miles away at his home with a beam.

Date: 03/Feb/2015 Summit: W6/SC-219 Truinfo Lookout Call: KB6CIO Points: 2

Time Call Band Mode Notes
18:25z KK6AL 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59 Al was 400 feet below me at the trail head.
18:28z AE6VC 144MHz FM Mark 59/59
18:32z KB6WHV 144MHz FM David 59/59
18:34z NA6MG 144MHz FM Dan 59/59. He knows the site and recommended meditation in the center.
18:36z KM6CEM 144MHz FM Charles San Dimas – YEAH, Got him this time. Heard him earlier.
18:37z WD6EVT 144MHz FM Moore Park
18:59z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7.185 moved to 7.186 with his help to get away from QRM. 33/43
19:02z KN6CCW 7MHz SSB Saved me with a wonderful SPOT for 14.285 59/32
19:03z AA7DK 7MHz SSB 44/44
19:12z NS7P 14MHz SSB 14.285 Phil in Oregon was waiting here when I finally moved. 59/57
19:13z WB5USB 14MHz SSB 57/59
19:14z W0MNA 14MHz SSB 45/44 Gary KS
19:15z K8TE 14MHz SSB 59/55
19:16z KF7JQV 14MHz SSB Always a pleasure. WA 57/58
19:16z AE5B 14MHz SSB 55/33
19:17z W0ERI 14MHz SSB Martha KS 55/55
19:18z KA5PVB 14MHz SSB Typically runs 5W so his 33/33 was worth all the work
19:21z W7USA 14MHz SSB Helped me with KA5PVB 59/57
19:24z NM5SW 14MHz SSB Heard earlier, finally worked him 33/37
19:25z W6BUX 14MHz SSB Gurbux is always a delight from LA 59/59
19:28z KQ6K 144MHz FM 146.52 Another one I heard earlier. Got him with Als beam.
19:30z K6QCB 144MHz FM With Als beam I was finally able to work him. He drove to a better location. 55/51
19:31z N7EAL 144MHz FM One of our DMR folks
19:32z W6BUX 144MHz FM Just wanted to give us one more point.
19:45z N7EAL 433MHz OTHER DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) Simplex 441.000 talkgroup DIRECT 99. 59/59
20:02z K6CMG 7MHz SSB Made schedule via SMS Text for 7.186 55/52. YEAH, sweet success.
20:11z N4EX 21MHz SSB 21.385 57/44
20:12z AE7AP 21MHz SSB 44/34
20:13z KY7S 21MHz SSB 44/44
20:14z VE2JCW 21MHz SSB 33/22 Canada. A great operator!
20:20z N7ENL 21MHz SSB 22/33
20:36z K8LJG 24MHz SSB 24.955 just for a few minutes 59/33
20:38z NK6A 24MHz SSB 33/33 who knows these Santa Monica mountains very well and just activated this.
20:43z KB1RJD 28MHz SSB 28.375 just for a few minutes 59/44 YL Madison, NH
20:44z KB1RJC 28MHz SSB 59/33 next her Husband
20:46z VE2JCW 28MHz SSB 44/11 He is an incredible weak signal operator! Very patient.
20:49z N0EVH 28MHz SSB 33/35 worked diligently until I got his call sign correct. Very Nice Operator!

Ground Track

Ground Track

Elevation Plot

Elevation Plot

Parking at Trail Head

Parking at Trail Head

The trail

The trail

The trail

The trail

Al's makeshift carrier

View at the top

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Al’s innovative makeshift carrier

The killer beam in action

The killer beam in action

KK6AL Al

KK6AL Al

KK6AL Al

KK6AL Al

KB6CIO Bob

KB6CIO Bob

aDSCN0627A video from the summit is at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/rkliman/20150203SOTATruinfoLookoutVideo?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNrNquGh4OzIGw&feat=directlink

73,  KB6CIO & KK6AL

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