“Buzzard’s Roost” 2,507′ II

The HF shack on “Buzzard’s Roost”


10 FEBRUARY 2021 W6/SC-229

My last trip up this mountain was last year before I had HF gear. Making the required 4 contacts to claim the two points was pretty difficult with only a 5 watt UHF/VHF handi-talkie.

This time I carried a 28 pound pack with all the goodies: camp chair, table, SLR camera, tripod, several antennas and my new Elecraft KX2. I left the car in the dark, just before 6AM.

The sun rose shortly after I got to the activation zone. My Verizon cell coverage was in and out. I had no luck on 40m at all. Zero contacts. While my 20m doublet tunes on 40m, I don’t think it radiates very efficiently on that band. I’m thinking about making a 40m doublet out of lighter wire.

20 meters was much more fun. I made 14 contacts including Quebec, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, Montana and Washington State.

On 2 meters I had a summit-to-summit with Dan, NA6MG over on Flint Peak and, of course, Jon K6LDQ was crystal clear from Torrance,

Sunrise over “Buzzards Roost.” That’s Castro Peak off to the left
My speaker wire 20m doublet with Bodle Peak (2,450′ W6/SC-237) in the background
Happy activator
Here’s a picture of my brother Mark in 2014 before the ranch burned in the Woolsey Fire of 2018.

More information about the Summits on the Air program.

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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