Article by K6ILM on Oct 11 2013 at 17:10

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Most famous peak in Hawaii

This peak is in a State park, on the rim of a crater. The park is open 6 am to 4:30 pm going in by car, with a 6 pm deadline to leave by car. There is a small entry fee, even if you walk in. The car and pedestrian entrance is close to the corner of 18th Avenue and Diamond Head Road. There is no other way to get in......If you do HF on Diamond Head, a very crowded place, you have to duck under the rail at the top and go to the right over to the cement bunker. Ignore the signs - everyone else does. There is an iron strap sticking out of the bunker, which I bungeed to my pole and operated in the shade (44 foot doublet) on the edge of an east facing downslope. I saw no park rangers on trail or on peak, but one went up for a medical emergency while K1JD was on top. They told him where to set up but discouraged going to the more ideal bunker..... For VHF only operations, it\'s OK to blend in with the big crowd inside the rails. I used 146.52 FM simplex on a weekend, after announcing my intention on the local repeater on 146.880 minus 600 (no PL tone needed). The repeater antenna is also on the rim of Diamond Head crater. That frequency is used by a busy net at 7:30 pm, 5 nights a week. I checked in with them the night before activating, stated my intentions, and I got lots of takers whose calls I recognized from the net. KH7AL, the current KH6 association manager, checks in with that net, and he also publicized my climb.....47 minutes going up and 18 minutes to descend.....Plenty hot, with no water or facilities on trail or on peak - - - - - Elliott, K6EL