DX from Hopkins Pond
Hanz W1JSB and I hiked to Hopkins Pond in Andover this afternoon.
I worked England, Spain and Russia.
The pond is a beautiful, secluded spot off Elbow Pond Road in
Along the trail we could see two adult loons in the middle of the
Red wing blackbirds called back and forth from a nearby marsh. Wild
Irises dot the shoreline.
We hiked along the shore about a half mile. Hanz set up on a large
juts into the water.
I was about 20 feet away with the KX3. I started out on 17 meters.
was calling CQ. He was a strong 599 and he gave me a 559. We've
many times before.
Next I heard Alex R7AB in Russia calling CQ on 17 meters. I answered
twice before we made contact. He also gave me a 559.
Hanz's touch keyer was being affected by RF and he lost a couple of
because of it. I switched to 20 meters where Hanz had been
EA8TL was calling and we had a quick QSO. He was strong and gave me
Finally I worked Tom in Georgia W4BPO. He was using a new amplifier
first time. He was 599 and gave me a 589. After a couple of overs,
I think he must have had some difficulty with the new gear.
Hanz and I packed up and walked to a boat launching area and then
about a mile
farther to the car. The evening air was beautiful.