We spent the weekend in Albany, NY, but rough weather prevented us from activating any GC or GA mountains. We were however lucky enough to find time on the way back to Tarrytown, NY to try for an activation of Harvey Mountain, W2/EH-002. As we did not know what conditions would be like on the mtn or if time would allow us to get to the summit, we did not make a pre-alert.
Fortunately, we found a nice path up a closed road to hike to the summit. There was no/little snow (unlike the mountains about 60 miles north which were covered by deep snow), the sky was clear and we did not see another soul on the trip. This was the first hike I took my new LiFePO4 battery on.
Fortunately, the contacts came pretty easily as time was running out for us, and with my radio on the border marker between the State of NY and the State of MA I made several 20m contacts including WG0AT (the GOAT GUY) on 20m and G0HNW on 60m. Pics and videos have been uploaded to the SOTA youtube group and flikr group.
We returned to the car as night fell, and were happy the temps were low enough to keep ticks at bay, yet there was no snow or ice. I have to post details of this new & easy mountain road hike to the top.
By activating Harvey on my way back from Albany, I saved myself an extra 4 hour round trip drive as Harvey is a 2 hour one way drive from my home…
73 to all,