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.
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!