San Juan Hill

A collage of textures in the Chino Hills just after sunrise. All the big San Gabriels in the background.

18 DECEMBER 2021 W6/CT-230

I had planned to activate Parker Mountain out in the Acton/Crown Valley area, but a formidable forecast of high winds sent me to a lower summit further to the south. I thought about taking the mountain bike and it turns out that this would be an excellent summit for a mountain bike. The hike is just over three miles and has about a thousand feet of elevation gain. The hike is a bit of an up-and-down roller coaster. I don’t think the Gaia GPS tracks below handle the elevation loss well. The elevation loss is certainly more than the nine feet listed in the ascent track. I got going just before sunrise and was treated to a fantastic view of the length of the San Gabriel Mountain. The sun rose over Santiago Peak.

Interestingly it took me longer to descend:

Conditions on HF were very good and I hung out for over an hour making 35 contacts. Thank you chasers for helping to make this an enjoyable activation

Cell coverage from Verizon was spotty and I had to move around a bit to get SOTAgoat to work. It was fairly windy but I was able to avoid the biggest blasts over the crest of the hill. There is a benchmark that has an 1896 date on it that provides a good built-in table.

If you would like to hear how you sounded on my end, here are the audio files recorded of the QSOs above:

The station with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background
The 1896 benchmark
The carbon fiber fishing pole doing double duty with the slim jim and Packtenna antennas.
Cucamonga Peak in the San Gabriels on the left and San Gorgonio and the San Bernardins on the right
Santa Catalina Island over San Pedro Bay
Sunrise over Pleasats Peak and Santiago Peak
Sign at the trail head. No E bikes.

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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