Another year, another trip to Vollmer Peak. Today (Jan 29) I took the KX2 with an MFJ-1899T whip to try a pedestrian mobile-style activation. Since it was a Sunday afternoon, the steam trains were running and made a nice background noise for the hike. My sideband signals seemed to make it out, reaching AC1Z in NH and AA0BV on Mount Caroline Livermore on Angel Island. For the rest, I had to crack out the CW paddle. W0MNA and W0ERI were quick to respond, as always. After a few more contacts, it was time to call it a day.
Thanks to all the chasers!
Yesterday, July 9, I went back to Vollmer Peak (W6/NC-298) to watch the sunset and work some HF. The fog and sunset made for a memorable hike!
The IARU contest was happening this weekend so there was a lot of activity! I just stuck with the mic this time, connected with some big gun contest stations before the sun set and it became chilly and dark. Notably, I was able to work NP2X on the Virgin Islands with 2.5W SSB… not bad!