Saddle Peak 4

My brand-new KX2 on its second activation with the Bioenno 3ah external battery and groovy WA6JFK cable

11 JANUARY 2021 W6/CT-274

As the Santa Ana winds raged over the weekend I built a 20m speaker wire doublet/dipole. By the end of the weekend it was tuned up and ready to go. The winds abated Sunday night and I was up at the crack of dawn to drive to my neighborhood peak – Saddle Peak.

A thin waning crescent moon and Venus hung over the wind-cleared Los Angeles basin.

The Moon and Venus over the Santa Monica Bay and Santiago Peak

The new home-brewed antenna was a resounding success! I had a mini-pileup and worked stations is France, Spain, Quebec, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Montana, Tennessee and one California station that couldn’t hear me, so he fired up a remote station in Florida and came booming in. I also worked Brian WA6JFK on an HT in downtown Los Angeles for old time’s sake 😉 Scott WA9STI, who has been so helpful and supportive in getting me on the HF airwaves chimed in on 20m too.

HF contacts with the zip cord 20m doublet.
28 pounds of gear this morning on Saddle Peak. The new speaker wire doublet deployed.
Container ships backed up in San Pedro Bay due to the pandemic, Santa Monica Bay in the foreground.
Downtown Los Angeles and Century City from the operating position.
20m Doublet. The antenna also tunes on 40m and 15m using the feedline as a radiator

The link to my previous activation of Saddle Peak and the route description can be found HERE.

Published by wringmaster

I'm a graphic artist in the movie business. When I was a kid I got interested in astronomy. When it would get too cloudy to observe the heavens, my buddy and I would sit at the VFO of his Hallicrafters S 38c like safe crackers trying to coax faraway signals out of that humble radio. My love of astronomy and radio survive to this day fifty+ years later.

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