First SOTA activation. 146.520 Fm 2m @ 5watts on HT: wouxun KG- UVD1P
Arrived at 1330, its a $10 entry fee and dogs are not allowed on most (if not all) unpaved trails. Parked at the 2ed parking lot below the summit and hiked up for about 15-20min or so on a relatively steep climb. At the top it was about 43 degrees with 17MPH winds and a clear blue sky. Cell phone reception spotty on sprint but mostly no reception.
Made 10 contacts everywhere from Palo Alto, to French Camp to Elk Grove. Most contacts made on 2m, one contact made on 70cm 446.000.
- $10 entry fee and basically no dogs allowed
- HT dies at 2hours of heavy use
- Elevation matters and vastly improves without rubber duck