Spring Hike to Hill Village
April 2015

This is the first warm day of the year... 62F. Hooray! Judy and I went down
to Old Hill Village. It was glorious! I worked four stations in the Georgia
QSO Party and one station in Bulgaria. I was using the new MTR from KD1JV.

Imagine walking on bare ground for the first time in four months. It's beautiful!
We walked down by Needle Shop Brook. It was singing a loud spring song as
it rushed and foamed down the steep ravine toward the Pemigewasset River.
There was still snow and ice here in the deep woods. But at the bottom of the
hill, where the fields opened up and the sunshine worked its magic... there
was bare earth and the fields were largely free of snow.

We hiked about a half mile to the north until we reached an old, red maple tree alongside
the road. Here there was even an old stretch of cracked sidewalk from the 1940s. I set up
under this wonderful tree. In the full sunshine it was nearly 80F. Wow!

I used the new MTR designed by KD1JV. It's being sold completely assembled by LNR Precision.
It's a perfect piece of gear and as small as it gets. It's good for 3 bands... 40, 30 and 20 meters. I used
it on 20 meters with a 33 foot piece of wire with the Par matchbox. I used 8 AA NiMh cells. I think
the output was about 3 watts.

The first station I worked was Mike, W0VTT in the SKCC sprint. As I tuned down a bit, I found a handful of
stations working the Georgia QSO Party.  Here's my log:

12 Apr-15 1850  14.051 W0VTT CW 599 599 MN     
12 Apr-15 1854  14.044 AD4ES CW 599 599 GA    
12 Apr-15 1907  14.046 N4I   CW 599 599 GA    
12 Apr-15 1915  14.045 W4FOA CW 599 599 GA    
12 Apr-15 1917  14.046 AA4LR CW 599 599 GA    
12 Apr-15 1940  14.012 LZ2HR CW 599 599 Bulgaria    

At the last I worked LZ2HR in Bulgaria. He was working the Yuri Gagarin DX Contest. Reluctantly, I
packed up. But what a beautiful walk back. I felt like I'd just escaped from four months in jail. The sky,
the warmth, the smell of fresh earth was over-powering. Tomorrow, it's supposed to be 70F.