Working W0RW from Knox Mountain
Wow... what a day. Judy and I hiked to Knox Mountain. I worked Paul
who was walking on Pike's Peak. I also worked KM0U/P/QRP, Canary
Mexico. The color was amazing.
Every day is a surprise. We expect November weather to set in, but
it's sunny and
warm. It was a bit over 50F today, so we headed to the Knox Mountain
took an old logging road. This is not the charming trail we usually
take along the
brook. Loggers have changed that landscape and so we'll avoid that
this was beautiful.
We hiked in about a mile and a half and came to the pond and the
cabins. The loggers
have not been anywhere near here.
I tossed my 30 foot wire over a cherry tree between the cabins and
set up the KX3. I was a half hour late for
Paul's starting time on Pike's Peak, but I tuned up on 14.342.5
anyway. What a thrill to hear him... I had no
microphone so I set up cross-mode with a split... VFO B in CW mode
up 600 Hz. Paul came right back to me
and it was a real thrill. Just imagine working Paul who had a
backpack PRC319 military radio walking on the
north side of Pike's Peak at 13,000 feet. It's plain magic! Anyway
Paul copied everything I sent and gave me
a 599. His SSB signal was 55. He said the cold was "bone chilling."
After I signed and tuned down the band. KM0U Terry was calling CQ.
Little did I know that he was
operating QRP portable with a KX3. We had a long chat. It was pretty
cool to work QRP /P between
New Hampshire and Minnesota. He was 589 and gave me a 569.
Next I worked XE2HOE in Mexico. Mode gave me a 449 and he was 599.
It was a quick exchange and
then I tuned down a bit and answered EC8AUZ Pedro in the Canary
Islands. We gave each other 599s
and signed. I packed up to leave. What a day... a perfect hike,
great radio and fall scenery at its best.