Today I operated from the caboose of the Winnipesaukee Scenic
Railroad as it traveled
from Meredith to Lakeport. I worked Germany, Sweden, Hungary,
Bulgaria, the Czech
Republic, Curacao, and San Marino. Who could ask for more?
The Winnipeasukee Scenic in the Lakeport yard
I've been working on the railroad for 10 years, but have only
operated from the caboose
once before. There was one train today running at 1:00 pm. My friend
Tim W3ATB was
the conductor. So I decided to take the opportunity.
I set up an Outbacker antenna on a grab rail of the caboose and ran
some coax through
a back window to a table inside. I set the Outbacker to 15 meters
and tuned up the KX3.
Right away, I worked DL65DARC in Germany. A few minutes later I
in Hungary. Signals were strong, and I received good reports, so I
knew we'd have a
As the train headed out of the yard and along Lake Winnipesaukee, I
a dozen DX calls on 15 meters. The train left early at about 12:30
pm. My first contact
from the moving train was with Tony T77C in San Marino, Italy. Then
I worked DL1BUG,
Red in Germany. Red wanted to know my power and antenna when I told
him I was operating
from a moving train.
There's no missing the smile on my face as I worked Rune, SM5COP in
Stockholm, Sweden. Here's
my log for the trip: