I have been rather lazy lately. The struggle to get myself to a summit has beenĀ  a big one. So I figure why not do two drive up summits. This was a great plan until I got to the gate to Cerro Noroeste. Why a gate would be closed when we haven’t had a lick of snow is beyond me.

Cerro Noroeste Closed Gate
Cerro Noroeste Closed Gate

So I backtracked to Frazier Mountain. Getting there consists of driving a 7 mile stretch of bumpiness after you leave the highway. While the drive is slow going I have taken a Mercedes up this summit before. So that gives you an idea of the clearance.

Frazier Mountain
Frazier Mountain

Once you arrive you are greeted by numerous towers, an old fire lookout and a sign to tell you where you are. The old lookout makes a nice spot to lash your pole to, and the old outhouse is a good place to tie off your wire.

Antenna
Antenna

I sat on the hill side as it was about 30 degrees. This kept me out of the wind. I think band conditions were bad because it was like pulling teeth to make contacts, and my reports weren’t so hot.

Operating
Operating
What a sunrise
What a sunrise
Drive Up Summit
Drive Up Summit

Thanks to the chasers that stuck in there. I look forward to my next activation.

Chasers
Chasers
Working the Bands.
Working the Bands.

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