It was just plain hot and humid. With temps in the mid-80s(30c) and the humidity in the 60’s, the climb up to Hamburg Mtn under the windless decidious canopy of trees was a sauna. In short miserable. But I wanted to activate this mountain which is a mere 8 miles from my house and had somewhat committed to the SOTA community. In retrospect, it became a “walk in the park” but not a valid summit activation!
From the SOTA site, I followed the google terrain map and a “trip report” from slackpacker.com. The directions were reasonably straight forward and I soon was on “top” of the bald along the ridgetop of the Hamburg Mtns. It was a straight forward setup using my Jackite 28’ fibreglass pole and my “alligator” dipole jumpered for 20m. The bands were in terrible propogation shape and the QSB swings more than 20db deep but I was able to eeek out 8 qsos in the midwest, Alberta Canada, and to Coloradio before the heat, humidity, and impending thunderstorms coerced me to pack up and return to the parking lot.
It wasn’t until that evening as I was preparing the trip report that I noticed the discrepancy between the trip reports and the actual peak of Hamburg Mtns HP actually located about 5 mi to the north of where I operated! After deleting the SOTA activation, I posted a corrected google maps on the SOTA site! Sorry to those chasers who hoped for some points, perhaps only VA6FUN. The ARM lat/longs were correct. My mistake was following a posted trip report by a hiking club and some incorrect google map information. But I’m in luck! Now I get to hike and activate the REAL location!
72, Guy N7UN