November at Knox Mountain
Hanz W1JSB and I hiked to the cabin at Knox Mountain this afternoon.
We set up a 20
meter dipole as a vertical and worked London, Ontario on SSB and
Guadeloupe on CW.
The first bridge has nearly collapsed. Two out of the four main
timbers have fallen into
the brook. We took a chance and scampered across the far north end
of the bridge which
still has some cross-boards attached. We went one-at-a-time and made
it safely across.
My guess is... the bridge won't be here in the spring.
We had a grand time hiking to the pond. We hadn't seen each other
since sometime in
July. At several spots along the trail, we could see where a bear
had scraped up the
earth, perhaps in search of food below.
The pond is always a beautiful sight after the darkness of the
We had brought two rigs and one antenna. Hanz had his Norcal
Cascade, an SSB rig set
up on 20 meters. I had the little DSW by Small Wonders Labs.
We tossed a line over a 40 foot branch on the wild cherry tree
behind the cabin and set
up the dipole as a vertical. The bottom end was weighed down with a
Hanz took the first turn.
There were plenty of stations to choose from. VE3LHU was calling CQ
Ontario and had a very strong signal. David answered and gave Hanz a
56. "You're doing
a fine job with 3 watts," he sent. With that Hanz handed the antenna
I went down toward the bottom of the band and right away heard
TO10RR in Guadeloupe
calling CQ. He had a hard time copying me on the first call, but
came back on the second.
We exchanged quick 599s and I considered myself lucky to have made
the contact. Right
away a large pileup formed. Had I waited, I would have missed the
QSO for sure.
By now the shadows were lengthening and we were anxious to get back
We couldn't have had a better outing... it was 52F, and perfectly
pleasant for a great
radio adventure and hike.