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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Makapu'u Head (KH6/OH-028) SOTA Activation

View from Makapu'u with Koko Head and Crater in the distance. Looking SSW.
Makapu'u Head is an easy, paved hike on O'ahu's eastern most shore. Many locals and tourist alike hike this trail to view the Makapu'u lighthouse and the vistas offered on this side of the island. During the winter months this is a great place to observe the whales and their calves playing in the Hawaiian warm waters. This summit offers great views of the beaches north towards Waimanalo and south to Koko Head. You can even see the neighboring island of Molokai on a good day.

Great view with a rainbow.
The hike from the parking lot to the summit is about one mile with an elevation gain of approximately 500 feet. Winds on the day I hiked were gusting close to 50 knots at the summit. This made setting up my antenna very precarious. I had to place two large rocks in my backpack and have it tied to my tripod to keep the whole thing from flying off the summit.

I wished I lived closer to this summit as it would be a great site to hunt for summit-to-summit points back on the mainland. I had not been to this summit since the KH6 Summits On The Air (SOTA) kickoff weekend with K6EL back in September of 2013. This time I tuned my Buddistick for 12 meters despite the wind trying to blow me off the roof of the abandoned and dilapidated observation lookout. Inside the old lookout offered some protection from the wind and occasional rain shower. I spent some time worrying that my tripod would either buckle under the wind load or just snap in half but everything stayed put and I began to listen for any stations on the air. Before long I found V31MA calling CQ from Belize and made my first contact.

Here is the list of contacts for this blustery activation. Thanks to all the chasers!

Time Call
17:23z V31MA
17:42z N1EU
17:44z PU3TOT
17:50z WH6LE/4
17:57z W7USA
17:58z K6TUY
17:59z AE9F
18:00z N7AMA
18:03z N4EX
18:04z W7RV
18:06z KC9TTR
18:06z W5ODS
18:08z W0MNA
18:12z WA7JTM
18:27z W7JET   /  Summit-to-Summit

73 and safe hiking!
NNW View

Sunrise through the approaching clouds

Leaning into the wind just to be cautious.

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