Indian Summer on the Pemi
It's been Indian summer the last couple of days. That's what we call
it when we get a
spell of summer weather during the cool fall days. It's generally
the last warm weather
of the year.
I rode my bike along both sides of the Pemigewasset River yesterday
and today. I worked
Spain, Idaho, Madeira Island, Greece, Germany, Belgium and Tristan
Today was in the 80s! I rode my bike north along the Sanbornton side
of the river. What
a day... I rode about a mile and a half to the old bridge abutment
and set up the KX3 under
an oak tree in the shade. I tossed a 33 foot wire over a branch and
started operating. I worked
three stations in about 10 minutes on 17 meters.
First EG4ATB in Spain... it was a special event station and we
exchanged 599s. The next
was W1AW/7 in Idaho, and then I worked Madeira Island. Cedric CT3FT
was just finishing
up a QSO and I called him. He gave me a 579. "FB QRP WRKING VY
NICELY," he sent.
He was running 500 watts to a 4 element beam.
The day was perfect. The trees are just starting to change color.
The fields have recently been
mowed and the scent of fresh hay fills the air.
On the Old Hill Side of the River
Yesterday, I was on the other side of the river. It was a beautiful
day. I started out at Needle
Shop Brook and headed south toward Franklin.
I rode south a couple of miles and set up at the edge of a large
field in the sunshine
just under a maple tree. I used the 33 foot wire and the KX3.
I started out on 15 meters and quickly worked SX7AMF, a special
event station in
Greece. We exchanged 599s and I tuned up a bit and worked W1AW/7 in
Then I switched to 12 meters and had the surprise of my life. There
was ZD9XF in
Tristan de Cunha calling CQ. This is a DXpedition on one of the most
in the world! I got him on the second call and we exchanged 599s. I
I switched to 17 meters and worked DJ9IE in Germany. Uli gave me a
was 599. Before riding back, I worked one more... OP37AEF in
These last few days of September are precious. There will be many
months of snow and
cold before we can enjoy the luxury of days like this again. I'm
getting out every chance