We meet Dave and Dot at Denny's for some chow and headed up to the TH at Frosty Park off of Old Stage Road. Dave offered to drive and I was impressed at how his vehicle handled the trail.
We quickly made it to the summit chatting all the way which always makes it fun. Not too far into the hike I dropped my new camera and broke the LCD. It still worked but I could not frame a picture or tell if I was recording. It looks like a new camera is needed. This is the second time I broke a camera on a SOTA hike.
|KC0YQF coming up the trail|
The second part is a pleasant stroll along the saddle (my favorite part) and the last part is the switch backs for the last 500 vertical feet.
The saddle has some great views as does the summit.
Lynn started us off on HF SSB (20 meters).
Once the ball started rolling she quickly worked the following stations:
And that was all she wrote. There were no more stations calling after Lynn called CQ several times so it was time for Dave to run the CW pileup.
|Dave getting down to business|
|Dave's log and paddle holder for efficient operating|
|Dot and Lynn on the summit|
|Pikes Peak in the distance|
The weather moved in quickly as it does in Colorado. After Dave got 4 QSOs we decided to get off that summit before a light show started. I decided to forgo any operating (I already activated Rosa this year so no points to be gained anyway).
We made it down in record time only getting an occasional rain drop with the sound of thunder.
While it was an ugly activation we made it up and made it down in one piece (save my camera) so I call that a success. Lynn and I had great company that were a lot of fun. If all the SOTA hikes were perfect there would not be much to write about.
Dave added his write up to his web site. You can read about it here.
I am trying to understand this software better in order to edit movies. I am very much a novice at this stuff but I learn a little bit each time. What took me hours is now taking minutes and as I get more confident I am experimenting a little bit more each time.
I butchered Dave's callsign in the video. It is NK0E.... How can I mess up a call with so few letters? I blame the altitude.
That is all for now.