Sunday, September 25, 2016

Trip Home (Jacksonville, NC)

I always like to go home but lately it seems that I only make the trip when something bad has happened. I am glad Lynn and I went home this summer, just for a vacation with my sister. I do not want to go into any detail but I just want to say that the water always has a calming effect on my soul.

When home I usually walk down to North East Creek Park about 1.5 mile walk (less than a mile as the crow flies) and enjoy the water.

I will end this with a few pictures.

North East Creek

H-53 (I think)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mount Democrat, almost

Lynn and I set out early Sunday morning to tackle Mount Democrat. Mt Democrat is a 14er and I did this summit in the early 90s being the only 14er I had ever done when I was first station in Colorado.

It was cold but we bundled up and headed up the short but steep trail a little more than 2000 feet vertical. I knew it was windy and once we hit the ridgeline I knew that we were done. We were getting blown around and the wind knocked a few people off their feet. This summit does not offer a lot of shielding from the wind so we decided to head down with less than 600 vertical feet to go. 

The mountain will wait and it was still fun.

Here are a few pictures.

Need to go up

Kite Lake and TH

Lynn on the trail early in the AM



On the ridgeline between Cameron and Democrat

I found the following two photos on another computer and really liked them so I will share them here in case I have not done so in the past.

KC0YQF, K0JQZ and wG0AT on an unnamed summit (photo by wG0AT)

Lynn and Frank (photo by wG0AT)


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mount Sherman

This is the second time ascending Mount Sherman for Lynn and I and the first time for Dave. Last year Dave and I attempted an ascent on 18 Sep but 40 mph sustained winds and low temps kept us from going further than the ridge-line which was only a mile from the summit but very exposed. Lynn and I were able to summit the following weekend.

Dave made it this time! We had wind but only about 10 mph and the temps were mild, around 30 Degrees at the TH and 40 Degrees on top.

I am not a big fan of Mount Sherman but only due to the crowds, if you do a popular 14er on the weekend when it is nice you can expect large crowds, that is just nature of the beast. 10 Sep was no exception however, I did meet another ham on the summit and I think his callsign is KT0AM but I could be mistaken on that. At above 14,000 feet it is hard to concentrate, setup an antenna, talk to people, run a pileup and try to show off Ham Radio. If I was thinking straight I would have brought him back over to make a few QSOs.

The Mountain and trail to the summit is all owned by a mining company but they allow access to hikers which is nice and as always conditional on how we treat it.

Here are a few pictures.

Dave and Lynn making their way up

Lynn and Dave, almost their (about 3/4 of a mile left)

Dave had a steady pace

Lynn, KC0YQF

K0JQZ and KC0YQF (photo by Dave F)

Great Views (Photo by Dave F)

KC0YQF getting ready to run a pileup on SSB while K0JQZ looks on (Photo by Dave F)

Summit (Photo by Dave F)

My favorite part of the hike along the ridge line (photo by Dave F)

Photo by Dave F

Looking toward Leadville

On the Summit (Frank, Lynn and Dave)

A little bit of snow

looking back toward summit (no clouds at all)
Propagation was not the best, that coupled with QRM and QSB made QSOs difficult. Lynn called for a while and only wrangled up about 5 QSOs but one was a Summit 2 Summit with Phil NS7P. It is always good to hear Phil and it was a bonus to hear him on a summit.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Aspen Ridge

Lynn and I will attempt a few 14ers in the coming weeks but in the meantime we did Aspen Ridge. Other than the drive this is an easy, albeit steep, 6 pointer.

20 Meter SSB was a struggle. Lynn worked the following stations:


I worked the following stations on 20 meter CW  with the hi-light being a QSO into HI with K9FD!


QSB was present and bad at times however, there was not a lot of time for other bands as the rain was moving in. Our last part of the hike was in the rain. Fortunately it was not far to the Jeep. I think the temp dropped 20 degrees when it started raining.

View looking West

View looking North West

The KX2 right at home on the summit