DX from the Ledges
Tim W3ATB and I hiked to the Ledges in Sanbornton today. It was
gorgeous. I worked the Dominican Republic, Morocco, Italy and
We drove up an old logging road in the middle of nowhere for about a
a half. Then we started walking... through beautiful woods decked in
and burnt umber. We hiked on a carpet of multi-colored leaves. After
perhaps a mile
we started a steep climb and we were there.
The view was grand. Right away I tossed a line into a pine tree at
the edge of the steep rocks.
I missed my mark and wound up with a sloper instead of a vertical.
Oh well... it still worked.
I set the KX3 up on a flat rock and sat down. I started on 12 meters
and heard HI8A in the
Dominican Republic. Chikin returned my call and gave me a 449. Good
enough to complete
Then I switched to 15 meters and answered a CQ from Morocco. CN8KD
gave me a quick
599 and I tuned down the band a bit where I heard Rudy IK4VFD in
Italy. Rudy gave me a 539
and we completed the exchange before the QSB hit us. I took a quick
break and walked over
to see how Tim was doing. I caught him right in the middle of a QSO
with Joe W2KJ in
North Carolina. They were on 20 meters.
When he was finished, Tim was kind enough to take a photo of me
standing at the edge of
the drop off.
Before leaving I made one more QSO with Belgium. ON7NDR Nico was on
17 meters. He
gave me a 579 and we said 73.
I'm so glad we were able to make this trip before all the foliage
was gone. It's supposed to
rain tomorrow and be windy for the next couple of days.