NJ QRP Skeeter Hunt in Hill Village
It was a perfect afternoon for the NJ QRP Club Skeeter Hunt.
I operated for an hour in Old Hill Village and made 13 contacts.
Five QSOs were with fellow QRP operators. The rest were with
DX stations from Finland, Germany, Romania, the Ukraine,
Croatia and Italy.
This place has been abandoned since the 1940's to make room for a
area. It was once a village. As I ride the bicycle along this road,
I am transported
back to the 1930's. It has an old world feeling.
I turn east into a field that used to be the old elementary school
One can almost hear the sounds of children playing from those
or is it the crickets?
Up the slope several hundred yards is an ancient maple tree. This
certainly holds many secrets.
I throw my line over a high branch and pull up 33 feet of wire. I
in the grass below with the KX3 and a notebook for logging. At first
I go to 20 meters and work AB9CA and N0SS. But I don't hear the QRP
gang, and I start working the European stations in the WAE contest.
I work both 15 and 20 meters. I stop by 40 meters and work K3RLL in
the QRP sprint. Then I go back to 20 meters and log NK9G and WB4MNK.
But I don't hear many of the skeeter stations so I go back to the
Here is my log:
11 Aug-13 1822 14.060 AB9CA CW 559 559 AL
11 Aug-13 1825 14.060 N0SS CW 559 559 MO
11 Aug-13 1832 21.046 9A1AA CW 599 599
11 Aug-13 1837 21.034 IR2C CW 599 599
11 Aug-13 1840 21.012 UU7J CW 599 599
11 Aug-13 1842 10.120 W3LN CW 549 579
11 Aug-13 1855 7.040 K3RLL CW 559 579 PA
11 Aug-13 1858 14.061 NK9G CW 559 559 WI
11 Aug-13 1900 14.060 WB4MNK CW 559 559 FL
11 Aug-13 1902 14.041 OH2XX CW 599 599
11 Aug-13 1903 14.042 DD2ML CW 599 599
11 Aug-13 1908 21.050 DJ8EW CW 599 599
11 Aug-13 1909 21.038 YP9W CW 599 599
After less than one hour, I pack up and head back down
to the road for a bike ride.
I ride along the Pemigewasset River surrounded by the
greenest green imaginable. The stillness of the afternoon
is punctuated only by the sound of birds and crickets.
Is there a nicer place in all the world?