It was hard but that is an understatement. I am pretty sure I cut over to the North too quick (despite instructions saying not to do that) and ended up doing a direct approach on the South East face of this mountain. I did not realize my mistake until we were already committed. It was hard and vertical but we picked our route carefully and soon enough we started seeing rock markers showing us the way to the summit. We activated below the summit, well within the activation zone, to take advantage of the trees.
Thanks to George KX0R for the Trip Report on K0MOS's website. I would not have attempted it without your instructions. Also thanks to Randy, ND0C, for spotting Lynn on SSB.
I made some errors and not just on the route. I re-charged my camera batteries but leaving them in the shack does not help. I took a whopping two pictures. And here they are:
|Lynn taking a breather|
N0PCL Summit to Summit
I was having a hard time tuning 20 meters and found out later than I still had about 10 feet of antenna wire that I did not deploy. No matter the KX3 did tune to all bands 40 meters and up but I only used a few for todays activation. The big money band today was 30 meters which is one of my favorites.
Here is my log:
I got all packed up to head down with my pack on and everything secure when Lynn noticed the antenna still hanging in the trees. Well, it took another 5 minutes but we were heading home.
We made it up, we made it down and no one got hurt so this was a very successful activation. Thanks to all the chasers out there. I do enjoy the pileups more than the points.
BONUS: My friend John, W9FHA, made a recording of me from his QTH in IN. Take a listen:
K0JQZ and KC0YQF