San Gabriel Peak

The long shadow of San Gabriel Peak stretching west at sunrise

13 NOVEMBER 2021 W6/CT-019

This was my fourth trip up San Gabriel Peak. I first hiked to this grand summit over 40 years ago with my friend Linnea Gardner. I left Topanga well before dawn to get to Eaton Saddle at 5:30 AM. I started out in the glow of the city lights far below, but was obliged to get the headlamp out to go through Mueller Tunnel shortly after starting out. It was a little spooky.

The hike is a little over a mile and a half with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain. I hoofed it to the top in about an hour and just missed the sunrise from the summit.

Cell coverage from Verizon was in and out but I did manage to get spots out via SOTAGoat eventually. I made 30 contacts – a record for me in my short SOTA career. I was the first one to the summit on this fine morning. However a number of other parties visited this popular mountain top during my two hour activation. I handed out a lot of SOTA cards to interested people. Perhaps even better than my first summit-to-summit with Wisconsin, even better than a DX QSO with Christian in France, was connecting with David N6AN and arranging to meet for the first time in La CaƱada for a cuppa. I really got a kick out of meeting David as we have had many S2S QSOs.

For this activation I just threw up the Packtenna end fed random wire and it performed very well. All HF contacts were at 12 watts, all VHF contacts were at 5 watts.

A big thank you to all the chasers – so many loyal chasers really make this fun!

Fifty contacts on my most prolific SOTA activation to date!
Sunrise over the big Gabriels
Looking over Mount Wilson to Santiago Peak
Looking over Mount Lowe to Palos Verdes and Santa Catalina Island.
The Station
Catalina a litte later in the morning. If you look carefully you can see all the container ships backed up outside the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay behind the Spanish Dagger yucca,
The west side of Mueller Tunnel on the way down.

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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