W6/ND-257 & 241

On Thursday evening (4/16) I was feeling especially cramped and decided to load up my Tacoma and head out to the desert. I landed in the area of Silver and Quartzite Mountain near Victorville. Thankfully the weather was stunningly beautiful and I enjoyed listening to “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil Tyson that night while enjoying an unobstructed view of the stars above.

The next morning I was able to activate Quartzite Mountain (W6/ND-241) and landed DX QSOs with EA2IF and SA4BLM. Additionally, I got great signal reports from each station despite my transmitting only 5w from an MTR 5b. After about 12 additional QSOs I activated Silver Mountain (W6/ND-241) and had 23 QSOs that included DX stations EA7GV, SA4BLM.

On my drive home I was realizing how thankful I was for everyone who chases SOTA. Despite operating a low power station, I was the one being chased and working a pileup. DX was looking for my station! How cool is that! Not to mention I can always count on a core group of regular chasers W0MNA, W0ERI, WW7D, WU7H, AC7P, NW7E, W4KRN, N4EX, N0RZ, K0LAF, K3TCU come to mind off the top of my head; however, there are probably about 20 or so that I can count on regularly to chase me no matter the conditions.

In short, the purpose of this post was to share great conditions on 20m and thankfulness to everyone who consistently chases SOTA as well as satisfaction with the program itself. To me, there is nothing better than operating CW from a remote summit and making exchanges with familiar calls and discovering new DX.

I hope to meet you on the bands soon! 73 DE KM3A (David).

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Is that picture with your Tacoma on Quartzite (W6/ND-241). I have been planning on activating both of these for a while. In regards to Quartzite, were you able to drive up the road to the towers?


Mike - N6MKW

You can drive Quartzite all the way to the towers without issues in 2x4 but I’d probably recommend a truck. At the summit I walked away from the towers to the northwest and had a nice area to set up my SOTA pole. You can access Quartzite and Silver from either the east or west, but of note if you approach from the west, Oro Grande Road runs through an active quarry whereas the east from I-15 is all BLM offroad land. Silver will require a few hundred feet of climbing, but nothing crazy. Good luck! I really enjoyed these summits… I’m planning on heading back out that way for Ord Mountain and Goat Mountain this coming Friday. Good Luck! If you need any further info feel free to shoot me an email.

Thanks for the info. I have a Tacoma 4X4, so it shouldn’t be a problem, and have had my route mapped out for a while, coming from the east, as I am familiar with the active quarry. I will probably go up there later this week.

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