We Discover a New Trail
Hanz W1JSB and I hiked along the river in Bristol this afternoon. We
Germany, Lithuania and the Balaeric Islands.
On the Old Back Road there are lots of unused mill buildings along
river. Hanz discovered a trail there last year and we went to
today. We walked along a narrow footpath across some rocks and
dam structures that hung out over the river. Soon we came to a trail
south right along the river. It was glorious.
After walking a mile or so we started looking for a place to set up
our gear. We found a flat outcropping
that just happened to be under a large, over-hanging maple tree.
Voila! Hanz threw his water bottle over
the branch and hauled up a half wave wire for 20 meters. He used the
Par End-Fedz and had a perfect
SWR. He operated with his souped up SWL rig. (See a video of the rig
After tuning around a bit, he made a quick contact with DF5DM,
in Germany. Happy smiles!
Then I set up my KX3 and clipped onto his antenna. I listened on 15
meters, but didn't hear much, so I switched to 20. That was very
I made two quick contacts. The first one was with Pranas, LY2J in
He was a 599 and gave me a 559. Then I worked Keith EA6/G3SZU in
the Balaeric Islands. Keith was 589 and he gave me a
459. With that we
packed up our gear and headed back toward Bristol.
As we got there, the sun was just setting and I snapped a quick shot
of the falls
above the river.