Late October Outings and DX with the DSW
It's still beautiful even though most of the leaves are off the
trees. I've gotten out the last two days.
Yesterday a bike ride in East Andover... today I used the DSW in a
field on Shute Hill to work
Curacao, the Netherlands and a 2-way QRP QSO with Pennsylvania. I'll
start with today.
Judy and I hiked up the Rufus Colby Road and down the lane way into
Will Ellis's field. The beech
trees are still glowing orange. I brought the beautiful DSW for 20
meters and a dipole. I decided
to put the dipole up as a sloper... one end in a pine tree... the
other end tied to a line and held down
by a rock in the field. It didn't go smoothly. I pulled off the
PL259 connector from the RG-174 when
it caught on some stubble in the field. Fortunately I had a knife
and a little screw driver in the backpack,
and I cobbled a connection together.
What a sweet rig. 2 watts... digital VFO with a built in keyer and
nice filtering. As soon as I
got set up, I worked Al WA3PTY in Pennsylvania! He was only running
1 watt. Wow... We've
worked each other a dozen times before, but what a hoot to make this
QSO from Shute Hill...
After that I went down the band and worked PA2EVR in the
Netherlands. It was a quick 599/599
exchange. Then I worked PJ2/DL8OBQ in Curacao, an island just north
of the Venezuelan coast.
This was also a quick exchange. But what a lot of fun! A tiny rig,
low power, simple antenna from
the top of Shute Hill. It doesn't get much better. Thanks Dave for
designing the little DSW!
Bike Ride in East Andover
Yesterday, Judy and I rode our bikes about 5 miles on the old rail
trail in East Andover.
There were so many leaves on the trail, we couldn't even see the
I stopped at a little brook to operate and discovered that I'd left
the backpack and the rig
in the camper. This is not a good sign. Before heading home,
we stopped at Highland Lake.
I tossed 33 feet of wire into a maple tree and sat down on the grass
with the KX3. I started
on 12 meters. W1AW/7 in Nevada was very strong and we made a quick
I switched to 15 meters and called Oscar EA1DR. I've worked him in
Spain at least a dozen
times from the field. He's always a welcomed QSO.
Things may look a lot different in a few days. There's a forecast of
snow for Sunday.