Mount Pinos 2

View to the west and south of the beautiful wilderness in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. That’s the Cuyama River center and Madulce and Big Pine Mountain to the right.

24 APRIL 2021 W6/CC-002

Cassie KG6MZR packed a delicious picnic lunch and my brother Mark joined us for a pleasant stroll back to Mount Pinos – the highest point in Ventura County. I last activated this summit in November of last year.

This day started of as cloudy back down at home in Topanga, however as we climbed the grade on I-5 out of Castaic, we cleared the deck of stratus and made our way into the bright, pine-scented air of Mt. Pinos. The lookout tower on Slide Mountain was partially veiled in the last wisps of cloud.

This time we went over to the condor viewing area on the west side of the mountain. This area lies in the activation zone and offers good pine trees for antenna support and some space away from other hikers enjoying the views on this Saturday afternoon. There is good cell phone coverage from Verizon and I was able to make all my spots via SOTA Goat.

20 meters was OK with considerable QSB. I did manage to work Gary K3TCU in Pennsylvania among other faithful chasers. Thank you all. I had one summit-to-summit with George KX0R on Thunder Butte in Colorado.

Cassie KG6MZR
The station
Happy hikers

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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