Hike to the Ledges at Sky Pond
What a beautiful day in New Hampshire! Tim W3ATB and I hiked
to Bald Ledges, a little past Sky Pond. We had a fantastic time. We
worked the Netherlands, Belgium, England and WA8REI in Michigan.
Sky Pond is a tiny lake in the wilderness of New Hampton. It's about
miles from home. We had a picnic lunch on the shore and then hiked
about 20 minutes to the ledges. The view there is stunning.
Toward the northeast, we can see Lake Winona in the foreground and
the White Mountains and Ossipee Mountains in the distance.
I set up the KX3 with a 33 foot sloper to a pine tree. Band
very good, and I worked 17 meters, because that's where I could hear
most activity. I worked PI4DX in the Netherlands, OS11M, a Morse
special event in Belgium, and then my old friend Tom G3HGE in
As I was working Tom, a large hawk flew back and forth at eye level
hundred feet from the ledges. I described it to Tom but I called it
an eagle by mistake.
He was impressed with the description and wanted me to send a photo!
I packed up my gear and walked up the ledge to see how Tim was
was running the HB-1B on 20 meters and there wasn't much going on.
went up to the QRP frequency and there was Ken WA8REI just finishing
a QSO. What a thrill to receive a 579 from Ken in Michigan and chat
for a few minutes. We first met at Lobstercon in Maine. I handed the
key to Tim
and he and Ken chatted for a minutes before signing. It was a
to a perfect outing.
The black flies are just coming into their own in New Hampshire.
pretty much control all the outdoor activity. We might not get out
much for the
next couple of weeks until they die back. Then we'll have mosquitoes
contend with. All better than snow!