JULY 20, 2002
10:00 AM PDT
REPORT FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (FROM THE GROUND)
I was going to be in ON-TARGET AIR ONE to handle communications from the
aircraft to the peaks. Gavin Christen was going to take the video of the
teams on the peaks. Ray Beeman was going to be our pilot.
Unfortunately, it was too hazy to take off under Visual Flight Rules
until all the teams had cleared.
I did get to participate from my base station by monitoring 145.520 MHz
We had the following teams on the air:
Team 31 on KELLER PEAK with Roland, KC6JPG.
Team 560 on KELLER PEAK also.
Team 486 on SAN GORGONIO with Ron, KA6ZOP.
Team 506 on SAN ANTONIO (MT. BALDY) with Lyle, KF6ZVX.
Signal mirror flashes were seen from SAN JACINTO by SAN GORGONIO at 10:57
AM, but we never made radio contact with SAN JACINTO. Two teams were
signed up for SAN JACINTO according to the chart.
No signal mirror flashes or radio contact from any other peak.
The excitement started at 9:56 AM when SAN ANTONIO saw flashes from SAN
At 10:07 AM SAN ANTONIO saw flashes from KELLER PEAK.
During the next 90 minutes, the four peaks exchanged flashes using
mirrors as small at 1' x 1'. I think at least one flash might have been
with a hand-size mirror.
We had a check-in from the radio room of the Queen Mary (W6RO). The
operators copied our radio traffic but did NOT see any flashes.
The weather on all peaks was good. Clear sky, winds 15+ mph, and chilly.
The ground weather in Riverside did not permit take-off until the teams
were clearing the peaks, so I was in my shack the whole time.
Team 206 was going to be on MT. BADEN-POWELL, but things did NOT work
out. I was up there last year and had a great time.
If anyone knows who was on SAN JACINTO, let them know their flashes were
seen by SAN GORGONIO.
That's my report. I'm looking forward to next year, but I think I would
prefer the air or a peak, although it was pretty darn comfortable being
right here in my shack!
John M. Porter
Mt. Rubidoux District
California Inland Empire Council
Riverside California Stake