Waterman Mountain 2

I’m joined by David Hodge N6AN for this pleasant winter ascent

27 JANUARY 2022 W6/CT-012

Back from almost a month in New Mexico, I was raring to do a local winter ascent. I’d asked David Hodge N6AN about his ascent of Waterman Mountain earlier this year and how he might’ve evaded the Bobcat fire closure. It turns out that he had somewhat accidentally gone up a route that was okay. An area bounded by Highway 2 on the north, the main Waterman Trail #1 to the east (my route on my previous activation) and the San Gabriel River watershed to the south describes a somewhat gerrymandered safe zone that avoids the closure. (See map below)

Waterman Mountain can be accessed despite the Bobcat Fire closure Forest Order No. 05-01-20-11 via the Waterman Mountain ski area access roads

David was cool enough to join me on this adventure even though he had already activated Waterman Mountain earlier this year. We had met for the first time in person a month or two ago for a cuppa in Flintridge after an activation I’d done, but this was our first activation together. We rendezvoused for this trip in La Cañada at 6:00 am and we where the first ones to the roadhead at about 7:00 am.

There wasn’t much snow on the lower roads up through the ski area, but by the time we reached the summit the north slopes were pretty well covered. I broke through up to my knees at one point, so the gaiters were well advised, but micro spikes or snowshoes were not necessary.

David operated on CW and made 63 contacts, including DX contacts to Spain, Switzerland, Slovenia and France on 15m. By contrast I only managed 26 contacts with no DX. Between David’s CW skills and quickly deployed and highly effective antennas he outstripped my operating. Great to see a master at work.

At the roadhead with Whitedog. Photo by David Hodge
The station. Photo by David Hodge
Looking west toward Hines Peak in Ventura County
David N6AN showing off his cool, ultralight and compact 15m half square antenna
The author on a nice warn day up on Waterman Mounain. Photo by David Hodge

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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