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OAUSA will hold it's annual Summer Fest and Field Day event on June 26-28, 2015, at the McGill Campground in the Los Padres National Forest. The campground is located about an hours drive north of Los Angeles.
This will be a family event involving three days of camping in the mountains (elevation 7500 feet), an official ARRL Field Day competition, and several trail runs. We will also offer all levels of Amateur Radio license testing on Sunday.
For those who want to explore the area, there are hundreds of miles of off pavement trails, including some of the more challenging, (Miller Jeep Trail).
The camp site is accessible by 2WD and all vehicles are welcome.
Click here for general information on the event and the Amateur Radio testing.
Pictures of past events:
Field Day Operation
EAST MOJAVE DESERT
The Eastern Mojave Desert, in the South Western US, is incredibly diverse. Elevations range from a few hundred feet to well over 6,000 feet, resulting in several different climate zones. As you would normally expect, summers get very hot, but winters are an exact opposite and snow is common. Due to the wide ranging elevations, you can pass through several different vegetation zones in very short order. This includes zones where Joshua Trees are plentiful, zones where the predominant plant is the Creosote bush, zones where 30+ foot Juniper and Pinyon Pine trees are plentiful, and, of course, zones where several different types of cacti thrive.
This desert is also home to a diverse group of wild life, including Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Bob Cats, Mountain Lions, Quail, Chuckar, Ravens, rattle snakes, Hawks, Coyotes and a whole bunch of rabbits. Many hundreds of years ago, this desert was volcanically active and the Cinder Cones are still present today as evidence of their contribution to the desert landscape.
Historically, this desert was used as a main trail from east to west, (the Mojave Trail), a source of many minerals and precious metals, and home for pioneers, settlers and those who just enjoy the desert. Centuries ago, different Indian tribes called this area home and left evidence of their presence through their petroglyphs and drawings. Exploring this area requires a good 4 wheel drive vehicle, a lot of extra fuel, a willingness to hike, and a very good understanding of it's history.
See the full trip report, here.