After recently activating Mount Bigelow for SOTA, it was time to activate another SOTA mountain. I drove to the Phoenix Preserves and found my way to the lower TH for North Mountain. The lower trailhead has .13-.14 mile of 24% grade before it hits a blacktop road to the summit.
At the top was a gated entrance to all the radio/satellite equipment. Off to the side was a trail that takes you to the summit. In a manner of a minute or two, I was at the summit and setting up on 17M with the AZ stick.
I called CQ for a long time with no answers. Finally, I seen the problem; the IF Shift was completely clock wise. Who knows how many stations had answered and then gave up on me. Sorry about that. Goes to show even veteran operators goof up.
Finally got my 4 Q's and back down the hill I went.
Thanks for the contacts!
more pictures here
until another summit...73 de Jon N7AZ
73 Jon N7AZ