Vollmer Peak (W6/NC-298) SOTA Activation

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On March 14 (Pi day!)  I went up to Vollmer Peak in Berkeley (named for the city’s first police chief), which is its tallest point at 1905′. This was my first attempt at a summit activation for Summits on the Air, an amateur radio activity that consists of hiking up the top of a peak and setting up a mobile station to make contacts with other amateurs.

This was a clear Saturday morning so there were some spectacular views of the bay. I started in Tilden Park, near the steam trains.

 

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I look the Seaview Trail, a paved trail that winds around some phenomenal views before a short climb (1000′ climb over 0.2 miles) to the peak. The hike was about 0.7 miles in total.

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The summit is well-developed with plenty of radio equipment taking advantage of the peak’s prominence.

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Briones Reservoir off to the northeast.

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Mount Diablo looming over in the east.

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After enjoying the view, I grabbed my 2m Yagi-Uda and called CQ with a Yaesu FT-60R on 5W. I got an immediate reply from K6EL in San Francisco and the rest followed quickly. Despite my shaky arms (I really need to get a mount!) I was able to make 11 contacts before stopping.

2m QSOs: K6EL, AI6BH, N6HBJ, WA6UHA, KA4VBF, KO6PS, KE5RS, N6NCX, KG6CSE, KI6SZK, KR6BB.

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