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: