Workman Hill and Peak 1,416

Massive high tension power lines produce a charge in my 40 meter doublet

9 SEPTEMBER 2021 W6/CT-244

An interesting thing happened on this sunrise activation. As I was setting up my 40 meter doublet to start calling out on that band, I received a not-insubstantial shock off the leads to my antenna. I suspect that the harmonics from the 60 Hz AC in the overhead lines were strong enough to generate this charge. I decided not to risk the circuitry in my precious KX2, so only operated on 2m and 70cm for this one.

Brian WA6JFK tells me that William H. Workman was a mayor of Los Angeles in the 1800’s and married into the Boyle family – as in Boyle Heights.

The hike is very short – about a third of a mile and up only 200 feet or so. There is parking on Turnbull Canyon Road. Decent cell coverage from Verizon.

I caught Dan NA6MG on 70cm mobile. He said that when he was on Workman Hill the grass was very high and there were a lot of red ants. He got bitten twice. Sure enough, after the sun came up, red ants started coming out of their holes. I managed to get bitten once on the next summit – 1,416.

I made 7 contacts on 2m and 70cm.

Sunrise over the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains
The sun just peeking over San Gergonio Mountain

Peak 1,416′

9 SEPTEMBER 2021 W6/CT-242

I decided I had enough time to activate this close-by summit to Workman Hill. There is plenty of parking at the end of Gotera Drive. This hike is also pretty short — about three-quarters of a mile and up 300 feet.

I saw a few coyotes on top. Another hiker told me that they had see a pack of a half dozen or so.

Cell coverage from Verizon was just OK

I also made 7 contacts on the Kenwood TH-F6A. Thank you all the faithful chasers!

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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