Hi all. Had a decent activation yesterday up on Baldy, just north of Los Angelas, CA. I made it to the top in under four hours from the Manker Flats campground, and immediately started working on 20 meters from my 10060’ perch. Bad news: Not a single respond to my CQs on the frequency I posted in the alert. Then I tried 12 meters, with no luck. Dejected, I pushed on over to 146.52 and made a couple local contacts, and then QSYed to 10 meters to ensure that my 817 wasn’t shot. Thankfully, it wasn’t.
20 Meters then came a bit more alive, although my original frequency still yielded no responses to my CQs. So I went searching up and down the dial and managed to pick out another portable station in Aberdeen, WA (KF7RES) to round out the activation.
20M was a lot tougher than I expected, especially for weekend. Not sure why it’s so easy to knock out a few QSOs on one day, and on another day it takes some real hard work.
At any rate, thanks to all who I had a chance to enjoy a QSO with. Baldy has once again been activated, and after all is said and done, it was successful. QSOs were ultimately had on 2M, 10M, and 20M, and I got a good workout in on a 14 mile hike with 4000’ of elevation gain.