W6-CT-014 (Kratka Ridge) SOTA Activation Sept 03, 2015

Summit: W6-CT-014

ATT Data Coverage: Excellent but intermittently off

ATT Voice coverage: Unknown

Hike stats: 1.5 miles roundtrip and 700′ ascent

The Angeles Crest Highway (highway 2) turned out to be a really beautiful drive after a rather ugly drive along highway 91 and Interstate 15 up to the trailhead for Kratka Ridge. High 2 is mainly on the north side of the San Gabriel’s and has great views.

Shortly after getting on highway 2 I spotted what I considered to be a very auspicious event; two real mountain goats! I’ve never seen a mountain goat in all my time hiking in California. I’ve seen deer, bobcats, coyotes and even a mountain lion but never a mountain goat. This surely bodes well for today’s activations!!

Mountain goats in San Gabriels on way to Kratka
Mountain goats in San Gabriels on way to Kratka

The hike to the ridge is about a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike covering about 700′ of elevation gain. The views at the ridge are great looking down into the greater LA basin.

View from Kratka looking over LA Basin (looking west)
View from Kratka looking over LA Basin (looking west)

I wanted to try an activation without my 50 watt Hardrock amp and simply use the 10 watts the KX3 generates. I had received a lot of encouragement from fellow SOTA-ites on NASOTA group. Needless to say the 10 watts was sufficient and I was able to make 10 contacts on 20m and 3 more using my Yaesu 2m.

Thanks to these chasers on 20m;

W0MNA, K8TE, K4MF, NG6R, W0ERI, K7ZO, KB6CIO, N4MJ, KF7JQV and NE4TN

and these on 2m;

KM6CEM, K6QCB and NA6MG

Buddipole 20m vertical
Buddipole 20m vertical

This all resulted in a smiling face while operating!

Happy W6PNG after successful 10 watt SSB activation of Kratka
Happy W6PNG after successful 10 watt SSB activation of Kratka
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