|Mayv, 1995 - 2016|
|Knights Peak W0C FR-144|
Once we summited I found a neat geocach and someone had placed several sheets of paper with instructions to "take just one." Here is what the sheet had on it.
I am not sure of the context save the fact that it is a clue to a "super secret" geocach.
Geocaching is just plain fun!
I setup the antenna between the rock we usually setup on (too windy) and the actual summit (too rocky) and settled on a nice flat spot in-between and out of the wind. After the antenna was in the tree and Lynn was ready to go I tired to spot her via cell phone. No dice as this summit is always problematic with cell phones. I had the Kenwood TH72D with me and was getting ready to use it when Phil, NS7P, came booming in. Phil spotted Lynn and she was off working her SSB pileup. Thanks NS7P!!!
|I tried to get her to look up but no dice|
Lynn worked the following stations on 20 meter SSB despite the QSB:
While Lynn was working through the pileup I took a few pictures of three nearby SOTA summits.
The reservoir just to the West of Knights Peak is still frozen.
Below is from the SOTA Watch web site and it shows the spots we got today. As you can see NS7P posted a spot for Lynn and Dan, NA6MG, posted a spot for me which is what he said he would do. I did call CQ on 40 meters for several minutes but RBN never picked me up. I am glad chasers like
Phil and Dan were on hand to post a spot for us.
|From SOTA Watch|
I do not use my APRS much anymore but did on this hike. I knew the cell phone service sucked on this summit so if anyone was so inclined they could follow us on APRS.
I may be one of the few that actually watch APRS beacons when activators post their APRS information during summit ascents.
|K0JQZ-7 beacon from the summit|
After Dan spotted me the pileup ensued. Here are my QSOs on 20 meter CW.
Knights Peak is a short (less than a mile) hike but it is steep. I forgot my spikes but Lynn remembered hers so she had no problem on the descent. For me it was an exercise in terror.
|Rest in Peace Mayv|