Late October on Shute Hill
I took a quick hike on Shute Hill today. I worked
Florida, Greenland, and Madeira Island.
Most of the leaves have fallen... and it's gotten pretty chilly. It
today. But it was still a nice day to get out for a short hike. I
Shute Hill and headed for Will Ellis's back field.
I threw a 30 foot wire over an oak tree at the edge of the field and
The thermometer read 60F in the sun. I ran the KX3 at 5 watts and
9:1 unun and the internal tuner. By this afternoon 10 meters had
So I started out on 12 meters and heard N4FNG calling CQ from near
Al was a solid 579 and he gave me the same. He was also running 5
we chatted for 20 minutes. Then I went back to check out 10
I had a sip of tea from the thermos I brought and tuned around.
OX3XR in Greenland booming in and working one station after another.
Peter came back to me after several calls and we exchanged quick
There a was long pileup waiting for him.
Here's Peter's QSL card which, I believe, shows his operating
In contrast... here's the view from my operating position :
I switched to 17 meters and heard Cedric CT3FT calling CQ from
Madeira Island. He was strong and
there were no takers. He answered my first call. I was 559 and he
was 599. "UR QRP is working very
well," he sent when I told him I was running 5 watts. As I was
operating, a steady stream of leaves fell
on the rig and I swished them away.
The forecast for tomorrow morning calls for a 20 percent chance of