K2 Mountain Topping DXpedition to Squaw Valley, CA

Sept. 11, 1999

Eric. WA6HHQ, mountain biked with his K2 to the top of the Emigrant Peak at Squaw Valley to do a little mountain topping this weekend. The peak is at approximately 9,000 feet above sea level. (Eric took the ski tram to 8,000 ft. and rode his bike the rest of the way up the mountain.)

He was able to use a small ski patrol shelter (8 x 6 ft.) as his shack to keep out of the wind. The antenna was 60 ft of wire strung from a near by ski lift tower and the shelter. Two 60 ft. counter poise wires were run down the east and west sides of the ridge. The rig was a K2 at 5W (CW), 10W(SSB), operating on internal battery and included the SSB option. The mountain sloped off sharply for several thousand feet to the east and west. (A good down slope makes a small station sound like a BIG one.)

Eric operated casually for 2 hours before riding down the mountain to 6,200 ft.

Here are some pictures of the site.

Stations worked included:

40M
N6KR Wayne, (K2-K2) SSB
W6CYX, Bob SSB
N6XI, Rick (K2-K2) CW
N6XI SSB
N6NU, Andreas SSB
 
17M
V73CW SSB
 
15M
K5NU , Mike (K2-K2) CW, BIG Signal!
K5NU SSB
NK8V, Bob CW
KF8KL, Mark (K2-K2) CW
 
20M
KG9PU, Mike CW (His K2 is on the way.)