Greylock Mountain MA weirdness!

Yesterday evening I flew into Pittsfield MA right next to Massachusetts’ highest peak W1/MB-001 of course I had to activate the mighty Mt Greylock.

I parked @1.5 miles from the top (this sign not accurate) and racing the setting sun I hiked up in fog, heavy wind and light rain.

When I reached the top a Ranger making his rounds pointed out a shelter-cabin that was in the AZ and I thought Awesome! A dry place to activate from.

Creepy cabin!

I set up my rig and stretched out my endfed to a pine-tree’s top and started calling CQ. I had a G4 station fade in and out and could not for the life of me copy them. Thanks for trying if you read this!

I was not very productive for some reason my RBN signals were very low 2-5dB but I was able to scratch out 5 QSOs for the activation.

During the activation in the fogged in-very dark cabin I felt a tap on the shoulder. THAT scared the heck out of me. A hiker who was totally drenched and shivering stood before me seemingly out of nowhere. They asked if I had any water and of course gave them my extra full bottle. I had a spare fleece top and also gave it to him to change into. We talked for a couple minutes and he said thanks for the help and started to take the fleece off, I told him to keep it and I would run down to the car and get him in a warm place. I went out to get my antenna down and in that 1-2 minutes later he was gone!!! At least he kept the fleece.

I looked around the room for a bit and then out the window and saw this! It took me a couple seconds to realize it was a light on top of the Veterans memorial.

Looked like a UFO in the fog for a second!

I ran down the road soaked and cold myself hoping the hiker made his way safely!



Erik, thanks for the report! I’ve been looking into flying my Mooney into Harriman-and-West airport AQW which looks close enough for a long walk to the Greylock summit, or more likely taking a bicycle in the plane.

Roy / WN3F

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OMG that tap on the shoulder would have scared the heck out of me too…