|Activation Date: 6 September 2021||Summit: W6/SD-368|
|Transport: Run||Distance: 7 miles|
|Elev. Gain: 1900 feet||Time: 2.25 hours (running)|
|Rig(s): MTR-3B, VX-6r||Bands: 20, 30, 40m CW|
|Antenna(s): Tri-band EFHW||Antenna Support: Tables, bushes|
|RF Noise: None||Cell Service: Adequate (T-Mobile)|
I’m not sure how it happened, exactly. But in our desperation to get away from the incessant smoke caused by wildfires all over California, I ended up in Palm Springs. My family, and the family of some close friends rented a house with a pool and spent Labor Day weekend pretty much constantly in the pool. Daytime temperatures exceeded 110F, with overnight temps barely dropping below the 90’s.
Nonetheless, I put plans into motion to get some SOTA action. My initial hope was to take the Gondola up above the heat and hike up to San Jacinto Peak. But that would’ve taken too long – I would be gone for most of the day when I’m supposed to be hanging out with my family. So I decided I’d do an early-morning activation of Murray Hill. And when I say “early,” I mean I wanted to be done before the sun came up, since overnight low temps were in the upper 80’s, Fahrenheit.continue reading →