Bike Ride to the 15 Acre Marsh
Judy and I rode our bikes near Andover, New Hampshire. It was
perfect late summer day. I worked Brazil, Cumberland Island National
and a station in Mississippi.
We started in Andover and headed south along the old Northern Rail
route. About four miles into
the trip we reached this marsh. A large gray heron took flight right
in front of us and circled the area.
I tossed my wire over an oak branch that extended across the trail.
I set up the KX3 and started on
20 meters. Conditions were really bad. I could only hear a few
stations. The strongest was PV8ADI
in Brazil. He was calling CQ and fortunately answered me. We
exchanged quick 599s and I tuned up
Next I heard N4CD. Bob was operating the National Parks event. He
was at the Cumberland Island
National Seashore, SS06 in Georgia. I listened on 30 and 40 meters a
few times, but couldn't find
any strong signals, so I went back to 20. K0RO Ralph in Mississippi
had just finished a QSO and
I called him. He gave me a 579 and he was 599. We exchanged RST,
name, QTH and SKCC
numbers and signed. By now it was nearly 5:00 pm and time to head
We rode about 20 minutes and reached the car. Wow... how long will
this perfect weather last?