DX from Bald Ledge
Judy and I hiked up to Bald Ledge today. I worked Russia, Slovenia
Ohio. What a view.
We drove to Sky Pond and hiked about a mile and a half toward the
and east from there. It was a perfect day in the mid 80s.
The ledge overlooks Lake Winona. To the north you can see the
Range. To the east you see Lake Waukeewan and further toward the
I tossed a line over a pine tree and pulled up a 29 foot wire hooked
to a 9:1 unun. I tuned the KX3
to 20 meters. At first I heard RZ16AF calling CQ. Vic had a hard
time copying my call, and I sent it
a few times. He gave me a 559 and I was thrilled to work some DX
again. The propagation has been
so poor the last few weeks.
I tuned up the band a bit and there was Sam S51WO in Slovenia
calling CQ. We had a
quick 599 exchange and I tuned up some more. K1CG was calling CQ.
This is the Coast
Guard CW Operators Association and Ralph in Ohio was using the club
call for the 226th
Coast Guard birthday special event. I was honored to work the
After making the three contacts we hiked back to Sky Pond and had a
to cool off. Who could ask for a better afternoon?