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SOTA Activation: San Gabriel Peak, Los Angeles County, California - May 23, 2014

Summit: 
W6/CT-019

On a brief vacation in Southern California to visit family, I managed to activate three (3) SOTA peaks.  This is report 1 of 3 for this trip.


San Gabriel is 1,878 Meters, 6,161 feet elevation.  It is a 6 point SOTA Summit.

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SOTA Activation: Rattlesnake Mountain, King County, Washington - May 15, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/KG-113

On a training hike for our Switzerland Hiking / Climbing tour next July / August.  Accompanied by my wife Sharon and our Labrador Retriever Dexter.  Rattlesnake Mountain is a relatively easy 9.2 miles round trip (including preliminary walk to trail head from parking lot), gaining 2,500 feet +/- to a summit elevation of 3,517.  TH is is easily accessible from my home QTH in Bellevue, WA.  I-90 east to exit 32 in North Bend, then good but windy paved road to Rattlesnake Lake area.  The hike is through mostly wooded terrain, with some sections

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SOTA Activation: Squak Mountain, King County, Washington - March 23, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/KG-122

On a quck training hike for our Switzerland Hiking / Climbing tour next July / August, I carried along my trusty ICOM - IC - V85 2M HT because it has an output of 7 Watts.  Together with my old AEA "Hot Rod" telescoping vertical antenna for 2M, it seems to work very well on 2M FM.  Squak Mountain, 617 Meters, 2,024 Feet elevation is an easy 4.2 miles RT hike gaining 1,274 feet to the summit.  It is easily accessible from my home QTH in Bellevue, WA.  Park on SR900 (Issaquah - Renton Road) or, as we did, at one of the higher trailheads on Mountainside

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SOTA Activation: Wilderness Peak, King County, Washington - January 19, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/KG-132

On a quck training hike for our Switzerland Hiking / Climbing tour next July / August, I decided to throw in my 2M HT at the last minute.  Wilderness Peak is an easy 4 miles RT hike gaining 1200 feet, to a summit elevation of 1,600.  It is easily accessible from my home QTH in Bellevue, WA.  Park on SR900 (Issaquah - Renton Road).  The hike is through mostly wooded terrain, with some sections of lovely old growth Douglas Fir and Cedar trees.  One (1) hour up and 48 minutes down.  A few other hikers and trail runners en route.

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SOTA Activation: Tahquitz Peak, Riverside County, California - November 14, 2013 - "Fall Into The Blue"

Summit: 
W6/CT-007

Activation of Tahquitz peak, Riverside County, California - 8,828 Feet, 2,692 Meters.


On vacation with my wife in Southern California, it was possible to combine hiking with Amateur Radio / SOTA.  Based in Palm Springs, California, we ranged throughout the San Jacinto Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park for several days of excursions.

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SOTA Activation: San Jacinto Peak, Riverside County, California - November 10, 2013 - "Fall Into The Blue"

Summit: 
W6/CT-002

Activation of San Jacinto Peak, High Point of Riverside County, California - 10,843 Feet, 3,305 Meters. 


On vacation with my wife in Southern California, it was possible to combine hiking with Amateur Radio / SOTA.  Based in Palm Springs, California, we ranged throughout the San Jacinto Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park for several days of excursions.

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SOTA Activation: Mount Langley, Inyo County, California - August 14, 2013 - "Sunshine, Blue Sky & Endless Granite"

Summit: 
W6/SN-003

Activation of Mount Langley, 14,042 feet, High Sierra's of California, Inyo County.  Sunshine, blue sky & endless granite...but with a little price to pay.

 The Hike (Scramble) is 4.75 miles south - southeast of Mount Whitney, California, and 9.5 miles southwest of the town of Lone Pine, California. This was a father / son outing with my 28 year old son, who lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks (sea level), and I, a 62 year old who resides in Bellevue, Washington, at the high altitude of 728 feet.

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First SOTA Activation: Cirque Peak, Inyo County, California - August 13, 2013 - "Sunshine, Blue Sky & Endless Granite"

Summit: 
W6/SS-085

First Activation of Cirque Peak, 12,900 feet, High Sierra's of California, Inyo County.  Sunshine, blue sky & endless granite...but with a little price to pay.

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First SOTA Activation: Norse Peak, Pierce / Yakima Conties (on dividing line), Washington - July 28, 2013

Summit: 
W7W/RS-014

First Activation of Norse Peak, Pierce / King County Line, Washington. 

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First SOTA Activation: Crossman Peak, Mohave County, Arizona - May 8, 2013 - "Crazy HOT in AZ!"

Summit: 
W7A/AW-043

First Activation of Crossman Peak, Mohave County, Arizona.