Early Spring at Profile Falls
It was gorgeous today. Tim W3ATB and I headed to Profile Falls and
set up right alongside the
Pemigewasset River. We worked Russia, the Canary Islands, PA, OH,
NC, and Belgium.
We had lunch in Bristol and then drove out the back road toward Hill
Village. We turned left toward
the Smith River and parked the car not far from Profile Falls.
We walked through the woods about a half mile toward the Pemi. The
Corps of Engineers has a
picnic area along the river. We set up right under an 85 foot pine
Tim brought his HB-1B and tossed a line over the pine branch and
pulled up his portable Par
antenna. He was running about 4 watts with internal batteries on 20
meters and snagged
W1AW/8 in Ohio within a few minutes of sitting down. He was
I set up on a nearby table. I tossed a line over a second pine
branch and pulled up a 33 foot
wire. I was using the earchi.org 9:1 unun with the internal tuner on
the KX3. I set up
on 12 meters with 5 watts.
I worked Alex RA6MQ in Russia almost immediately. He was a 599 and
gave me a 559.
Within two minutes, I worked another station... EA8/OH2OT in the
Canary Islands. We
exchanged quick 599's.
I switched to 10 meters, and worked ON6MG in Belgium followed by
Alex RA6MQ again.
He had also switched to ten meters. It was fun to work him on two
bands. By now my fingers
were getting a bit chilly so I built a small fire in the grill by
the table and listened while Tim
racked up the QSOs.
Tim had a long chat with Don, KD3CA in PA and told him we were
alongside the river. When they finished Tim made a quick contact
with K4DJ in North Carolina
and exchanged SKCC numbers.
We packed up and walked along the river to enjoy the remarkable
scenery... sparkling water,
deep blue sky and brilliant snow. We stopped for a minute to soak up
some warm sun
before heading back down the trail towards the car.
From here, it only gets better... warmer days, melting snow and