Summits on the Air W6/CT-012 Waterman Mountain

Cell status: Verizon=NO APRS=YES The Hike Wow! It has been a while since I wrote here. That would be due to I took the winter off from SOTA to rest my knee. There were a couple of attempts at different summits which turned into me turning back before making the summit. So today would be […]

Switching my Operation up a Bit to a dipole

Well the Holidays have been good to me. I have been able to order a two-band dipole from SotaBeams. This will eliminate having the drag the Buddistick up the summits. With the Buddistick there its a lot of weight involved. Not to mention you lose the use of one hand due to I’m carrying a […]

Summits on the Air Kratka Ridge W6/CT-014

A Short Hike As luck would have it I am changing jobs and was lucky enough to have Black Friday off. So what would any dedicated Sota activator do on such a day of deals and bargains? Yep, I climbed Kratka Ridge. For those not native to this area it’s an abandoned ski site which was […]

Summits on the Air W6/CT-116 Sierra Pelona

Sierra Pelona This was going to be a SOTA activation of Harold Beacon Benchmark W6/CT-126. However when I was almost there to the point where you start climbing I hit a hill and the Merc just wanted to spin the tires. So not to be one to be defeated I resorted to my backup summit. […]

SOTA San Gabriel Peak W6/CT-019

Lost What a good day for an activation. At first I thought the wind was going to be an issue but it died down at sunrise which is when I started my hike. I parked at the trailhead just up the road from Redbox. Once I set off I realized I was in for a […]

Summits on the Air Waterman Mtn. W6/CT-012

Waterman For the most part this was a great activation. The hike was beautiful, the weather was cool… almost too cool with the fog and drizzle. It’s a 3.2mi hike in/up. There are some switchbacks and the trail is easy until the very end when the incline gets steep. (hey I have bad hips) I […]

Summits on the Air Granite Benchmark W6/CT-132

Snap Crackle Pop I will say this. Getting to Granite Benchmark wasn’t horrible. Just take the dirt road that’s next to the “You’re Leaving Angeles Forest” sign. Following it up until you see a locked gate on your right. That’s the road you will hike down… or up. The hike wasn’t too bad. Half a mile […]

Summits on the Air Burn Benchmark W6/CT-136

Burn Benchmark This morning I headaed out early to activate W6/ CT-136 Burn Benchmark. The first thing to note about this drive is it’s not for low profile vehicles. The forest road is pretty rough. Once you do make it to the top you can park on the side of the road. It’s a short […]

Summits on the Air W6/CC-002 Mt. Pinos / W6/CC-003 Frazier Mountain

Mt. Pinos I decided to take the car and see how good it faired on the dirt roads. The first activation of the day was W6/CC-002(Mt Pinos) I got there just as the sun was coming up and started the two mile hike to the summit. Overall the hike wasn’t bad as I had shed […]

Summits on the Air Activation CT-158 San Fernando Benchmark 2 (Part II)

San Fernando Benchmark Well like Mt. Jupiter I ended up having to go back to this summit to activate it again. The first time I forgot my Buddistick mast so that left me to working 145.520 FM. That only turned up two contacts so I came back this morning to give it another go with […]