Bike Ride to the Pemigewasset River
It's May 1st and I took my first bike ride to the Pemi. The water is
a bit high, the trail still wet, but it was 60F and time for an
outing. I worked
Portugal, Michigan and Florida.
Last night it poured rain, so the road, already wet from spring
muddy in spots. The riding was slow and my tires soon caked with
Not long into the ride, I encountered lots of flood debris. The
Engineers hasn't been able to get in yet to clear the old road.
I rode through a flooded section nearly 150 feet long and about four
high. It wasn't difficult - I barely got my shoes wet.
I stopped a mile and a half down the road alongside the river. I
KD1JV rig, the ATS-3. I tossed a 25 foot wire over a pine branch and
tuned it with an Elecraft T-1 tuner. I operated on 20 meters. The
station I heard was CT7AGM, Walter in Portugal. He couldn't hear me
very well. Partly because of the propagation and partly because of
large hill toward the east directly behind me. But I made the
finished the exchange, and he copied it all.
As I sat on the bank, I savored the river view only a few feet away.
Next I moved up the band to 14.052. K8AQM was just finishing up a
QSO, and he was really strong.
Ted gave me a 599 from Michigan and sent his SKCC number. "UR QRP FB
Jim," he sent before
signing. Next I called AF4K a bit higher up the band. Bry was also
very strong and he gave me a
579 from Florida. "FB Jim GUD SIG FER QRP," he sent. With that we
signed and I packed up.
This is one of the most beautiful spots anywhere to bike ride, hike
and operate. I come here at least
once a week during the summer.
Tomorrow is the hamfest in Deerfield, New Hampshire. Hope to see you
there. 73 Jim W1PID