Quick Hike to the Pemigewasset River
This afternoon I took a quick hike to the Pemigewasset River
with the KX3. I worked Hungary and France.
The river lies at the bottom of a steep hill. I hiked down, across
Weeks Brook and around the
corner. The Pemigewasset River was glowing in the sunshine of early
spring. It was 52F.
I went down the road a few hundred meters and tossed my line into a
tall cedar tree and sat down
in the sunshine. I set up the KX3 for 20 meters. First I worked
three stations in the FOC contest.
Two were stateside... K9UIY in Illinois and K5VWW in Texas. Then I
worked Joska HA9RT in
Hungary. As it turned out, I had worked Joska in the contest already
from the shack in the morning,
but, of course, I didn't have my computer log with me. He was so
cordial about the oversight. It's
clear why he's in the First Class Operator's Club... a real
I tuned down the band a bit and heard Chris F8DGY calling CQ with a
strong signal. He
gave me a 559 and we had a nice chat. He was running 100 watts to a
spider beam and
using a Kootie key... and doing a great job with it. I promised to
email Chris some photos
of my operating position.
After chatting with Chris I packed up the gear and hiked past the
river and up the hill to
where I had left the car. These early spring outings are always pure
joy.... just to walk on
bare ground again after the winter snow is priceless.