W6/NC-174 WASNO RIDGE- KK6ZLY

 

Template from KE6MT’s post. Most info is still relevant aside from one small change.

https://www.ke6mt.us/2017/07/w6nc-174-wasno-ridge-kff-1161-henry-coe-state-park/

Activation Date: 29 June 2018
Transport: Hike/Bike Distance: 7 miles
Elev. gain: 2000ft Time: 5 hours (4hrs hike/bike, 1hr op)
Rig(s): IC-706MK2g Band(s): 20m CW
Antenna(s): End-fed 29′ Random Wire (Packtenna Mini)
Cell Service: No (Sprint)                                    APRS: (Tx yes) None received on aprs.fi
Parking: $6 Hunting Hollow Entrance parking lot
Trailhead: End of Gilroy Hot Springs Road
Fees/Permits: $6 parking
Route: Grizzly Gulch, Rock Tower trails going up; Jackson, Anza trails going down
Dogs: No  Toilet: Yes (Trailheads only)

SMALL CHANGE: No parking allowed at the end of Gilroy Hot Springs anymore. This tacks on an extra 2 miles (4mi round trip) to the hike thats already a strenuous 5ish mile hike. So I Biked from Hunting Hollow Entrance to the end of the road where I locked up my bike to the bridge and hiked the rest of the way. 

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Henry W. Coe is somewhat formed like a huge Bowl. So none of my APRS transmissions were ever received even at the top of the peak, which was surprising to me. Perhaps something may have been wrong with my setup, but 1 was received prior to leaving home.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR1037.

There is to be NO parking at the end of this road anymore, but these people were hanging out under the bridge. The trail start is to the right, just beyond the truck.

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About 1/4 of the hike is covered by trees. The rest is in the brutal sun and very strenuous uphill battle. I suggest starting this hike early in the morning or bring at least 1 gallon of water. I brought 1/2 gallon and was out of water just when I started to decent. DCIM100GOPROGOPR1063.

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Almost all of my SOTA activations have been on solar. Although it is a lot of extra weight (bringing the pack to 35lbs) the pain is worth it to me. It dose produce noticeable noise on the HF bands but I could easily make out most stations heard.

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At the bottom of the sunspot cycle and a spotless sun I was still able to work South Dakota, Arizona, Oregon and Oklahoma all on 20m CW.

Time Call Band Mode Notes
18:38z K9PM 14MHz CW
18:58z K6EL 14MHz CW
19:59z K6HPX 14MHz CW
20:02z W5DOS 14MHz CW
20:05z W7RV 14MHz CW
20:08z NS7P 14MHz CW
20:15z W6JL 7MHz CW

 

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