Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sierra Morena (W6/NC-209) Activation

Today I took the whole family out to Activate Sierra Morena. I picked this one as I noticed from Elliot's (K6EL) post on the SOTA website that this was a very easy approach. I basically followed his directions exactly but instead of coming from the North I was coming up from the South.

Route: I followed Page Mill road to the West and then headed North on Skyline Boulevard (CA-35). We parked at Skeggs Point and then headed North on the road for about 100 yards. We followed the paved approach up the hill to the antennas and then followed an old road to the top of the summit. The antenna's are well within the activation area but I wanted to get out of the trail area.

Equipment: Yaesu FT857d MP1 Super Antenna. (I use 6 radials with a MFJ 12ft telescoping whip)

Thiis was a fairly easy and straight forward activation and I will include my log and a few pictures with explanations below. Elliot said that the summit was "Easy Peasy" on the SOTA website. I will expand and as my Daughter Lily would say "Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy."

This is a picture of the family and I just off of the Summit.


Baby Kimber was left out of the first one so we had to make sure that she was in a picture.


A good picture of Kimber, along for the ride.


My wife Delma and I. She helped me carry some of the gear up the trail.


The kids after it was all done at the trail head.


It was a great day out with the wife and kids. The worst part for them was trying to keep the "stickers" off of them. Thanks again to all my Chasers. I was checking today and I realized that Phil NS7P has chased me on every one of my summits! Thanks Phil. Gary, W0MNA and Martha, W0ERI are one behind. I guess that I missed you all on one of my summits!

My log:

QSO: 14652 FM 2013-08-10 2218 KF7PXT        59         K6EL          59          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2214 KF7PXT        57         AC0A          57          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2212 KF7PXT        59         KG6HXN        59          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2210 KF7PXT        22         KK1W          53          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2207 KF7PXT        55         WB5USB        44          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2204 KF7PXT        55         KF7AHD        57          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2202 KF7PXT        56         W7GST         57          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2200 KF7PXT        59         N4MJ          59          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2159 KF7PXT        33         KL7RMS        55          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2158 KF7PXT        56         N7UN          44          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2157 KF7PXT        56         K5RWP         22          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2157 KF7PXT        59         K3EL          44          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2156 KF7PXT        22         AD4RE         22          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2155 KF7PXT        44         VE1WT         44          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2155 KF7PXT        58         K6EL          59+         
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2154 KF7PXT        59         W0ERI         57          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2154 KF7PXT        59         NS7P          59          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2153 KF7PXT        55         N5JKY         56          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2153 KF7PXT        55         AK4VU         57          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2152 KF7PXT        55         AE4FZ         33          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2151 KF7PXT        58         W0MNA         58          
QSO: 14342 SS 2013-08-10 2151 KF7PXT        55         N1EU          57               

EveryTrail Link with tracks and Pictures: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2260337

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