Steve, wG0AT, has been camping in the Lost Creek area and was going to get some SOTA activations in. He was heading up a 4 pointer and thought we would like to join him. It is an unnamed summit called 9036. We found the TH and Steve guided us up via VHF. There were two routes up and we choose the steepest of the two which was a mistake due to the bushwacking through a few aspen groves but we made it and joined Steve for the first activation of this summit.
|KC0YQF leading the way|
|So far an easy trail|
|Lynn got ahead of me because I left the 2 meter in the Jeep|
|The "Old Goat" working 12 meters|
|Lynn happy to get her 4 QSOs (3 on 15 meters and 1 on VHF)|
|Flying in the wind|
|The rock blocking the wind (great location Steve)|
|Fishing pole and 58 foot longwire|
15 Meter SSB: WX4ET, VE2JCW, W6UB
2 Meter FM: KI0RA
15 Meter CW: KG3W, AI4SV
30 Meter CW: N6KZ, ND0C, WA2USA, K5RWP, AD5A, NS7P, W0ERI, W0MNA, K4PIC, K6TUY, W7RV, AA4Q, N7AMA, WB5USB, W7CNL
After we got done Steve wanted to do Tappan Mountain (W0/FR-066) which was not too far away and he did not have to twist our arm much. Off we went.
|Steve and his new GPS guiding us to Tappan|
|Where does this go? It goes up!|
|Steve finds a good spot for the SOTA flag|
|wG0AT and SOTA Flag|
|Lynn wants us to hurry up so she can get on the air.|
|KC0YQF goofing off|
20 Meter SSB: KJ5FA, KH2TJ, AD5A, K6TUY, N4EX, VA6FUN, WA2USA, AE4FZ, G6TUH, EI9JU, NS7P, KC4BO, NE4TN, WX4ET, KF7PXT, KF5VGL
20 Meter CW: AE4FZ, WA6RIC, K0LAF, WG8Y, WA4HMX, VE7KBN, NA6MG, WA2USA, N7KN, AD5A
We said our goodbyes and Steve headed back to his base camp to check on Peanut and Rooster and Lynn and I headed home. It was late and we usually stop for a nice meal especially after a dual activation but we just headed home, exhausted.
It was a fun 6 points! Thanks Steve!
NOTE: The 58 foot longwire antenna is nothing more than what it is. 58 foot of number 26 teflon wire. It is wound on a coleman cloths reel and has a length of fly fishing line on the end. You simply attach it to the fishing pole going vertical then the end goes over a branch or other support. It works great. I figured mine cost a total of about 4 dollars including the coleman clothes line reel. (I found them at the BX for 2 dollars, shop around). If anyone wants more detail let me know.