QRP from the North Field
September 2015

Judy and I hiked a couple of miles over Shute Hill to Swain's north field this afternoon.
What a stunning day! I worked Tennessee on 20 meters and Massachusetts on 40 meters with
the little MTR at 3 watts.

The trail goes south and east through the woods and meets up with an east/west range road on
the other side of the hill. After a short distance we come to the north field on Swain's dairy farm.
I tossed a line over a maple branch at the edge of the field and pulled up the LNR endfed antenna
and set it up as an inverted vee.

I pulled off my sweater and sat down at the edge of the field. WZ4L,
Sam in Tennessee was just finishing up a QSO and I called him. He
gave me a 559 and we signed after exchanging info about our gear.

There were a only few weak stations on 20 meters, so I switched to 40. There on 7035 NM1I, Butch was
just finishing up a QSO. He wasn't far away in Massachusetts and we exchanged 599 reports. His signal
was excellent. He often operates QRP while on canoe trips with a K1 or an ATS3 so he was curious
about my setup. We chatted for nearly 10 minutes before signing.

I packed up the equipment for the hike back. But I got one more snapshot before heading back into the