1,470′ x2

Hines Peak at sunrise from 1,470′.

23 NOVEMBER 2021 W6/SC-347

One of the things I really enjoy about the SOTA program is how it motivates me to do hikes that I might otherwise miss. Summit 1,470′ is a good case in point. I’ve been hiking around the Santa Monica Mountains all my life and I never thought to explore this particular corner of the range. When I first hiked up this summit last year, it was completely encased in a deep marine layer of stratus clouds. Kobe Bryant’s helicopter went down a short distance away and I can see how that might’ve happened given the dense fog.

I left Topanga before it was light again and drove over the top of Saddle Peak. Being a Tuesday, I had to be back home by 9:00 AM for work. This morning was sparklingly clear after a mild Santa Ana wind event over the weekend that kept me home. There was a layer of cirrus clouds high in the sky and a waning gibbous moon lighting my path. All the elements seemed to be in place for a colorful sunrise, but it wasn’t to be. It’s funny how that works. The hike is under a mile with over 500′ of elevation gain.

Cell service from Verizon is excellent. I made my 11 contacts fairly easily this time now that I have the KX2 and the HF bands in my toolkit. I ran 12 watts into the 40m multiband doublet on HF and 5 watts into the roll-up slimjim on VHF.

Pre-dawn over Saddle Peak
Sunrise over Saddle Peak
The Station with Sandstone Peak in the background.
Castro Peak behind the station in action.

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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