Summits on the Air (SOTA), Mt Orizaba activation on Catalina island.

KD8OPI and N6GUS activated Mt Orizaba on 2 Feb 2011 @ approx 18:00-19:00 UTC, representing the first SOTA activation for both Catalina Island and Mt. Orizaba. Equipment was relatively simple, a Yaesu FT 60 and an Arrow II yagi antenna. Elevation was 2103 ft, the now accepted true elevation of the peak. 10 QSO’s made in an hr or so, all on 2 meter FM simplex; operating conditions were poor thanks to wind gusts up to 40 kts. Thanks to our “chasers”, WB6NQW, KI6UCN, KD6HJR, KC6FLG, N6SDN, KJ6BNX, N6BKL, K6QDD, KG6SYX, and K9KAO. This video is a quick 1 min recap, the wind made it impossible to record QSO contacts.

Terrible wind noise, but demonstrates difficulties operating at summit elevations.

Summit Information for W6/CC-066 Mt. Orizaba – 648m, 1 point
Association: USA(W6) Region: Coastal Ranges
Latitude: 33 22 37 N, Longitude: 118 25 5 W

KD8OPI/P Log:

Time Call Band Mode Notes
18:15z WB6NQW 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:18z KI6UCN 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:22z KD6HJR 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:26z KC6FLG 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:30z N6SDN 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:32z KJ6BNX 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:35z N6BKL 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:37z K6QDD 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:42z KG6SYX 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort
18:45z K9KAO 144MHz FM Made with N6GUS, team effort

 

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