Well, after a busy week of work, I finally escaped early enough to get up into the mountains last night. A bit later than I’d planned because - I’m not joking - I got lost in the underground car park of the apartment building I’m staying in for the best part of 20 minutes! Bodes well for my navigation skills…
Given the lack of daylight, I went with Paul’s recommendation of W6/CT-150, which is only a half mile or so from the road, but was a great excuse to drive up the amazing Route 2.
A CQ on 2m FM bought KA6JMA/M, after which I set up the 30m inverted V, and gave the KX2 its first outing. It was coming on for 7:45pm local time, and starting to get dark, so I suspect really a little late for 30m, but after a few CQs, I got the required QSOs to qualify the summit.
For reference, when you’re paranoid about rattlesnakes, leaving your hand-held on the ground with an earpiece plugged in can result in a momentary need to change trousers when the squelch opens and makes a rattling sound!
Will see if I can get up another one or two in the next few days if time allows…
Rob, M0VFC / AG6TL