We had some great views from our camp site!
Mike showed up in his new "work" clothes and set up the comms gear along with the antenna mast and foldable solar panels.
At one point we were treated to a graceful flyover of the all-black B-2 stealth bomber as it headed into a landing at Edwards AFB.
On Saturday Mike and I went on a short hike to the top of Fremont Peak, about 900 feet of rugged elevation gain. We followed an old mining road part way up and then hiked up through the rocks to the right of the peak.
At the top I was able to access a VHF mountain top repeater that was 102 miles away! The handheld I am using is a 5 Watt Datron Guardian.
|Photo by Mike|
Mike hiked up with and operated an extremely compact HF radio station that fits in a small Pelican case and drives a simple end fed long wire antenna.
Sal kept an eye on the comms gear and worked on firearms proficiency while Mike and I were hiking.
This area is riddled with numerous mine adits and extremely deep vertical shafts.
There are a variety of artifacts laying about such as this short but burly iron spike.
Before too long it was time to pack up and get ready to roll out across the desert roads.
On the drive out we saw a sign that might explain a lot of racket that we heard late at night. The noise was a cross between an out of control stamp mill and a large group of crazed monkeys on drums and bongos.
Thanks for coming out to the beautiful Mojave desert with me again! I hope that you have enjoyed the story and the pictures!