Bike Ride on a Perfect August Day
Judy and I went for a bike ride this afternoon along the
It was a gorgeous day! I worked Slovenia, Germany, Bosnia and the
Mountains in Oklahoma.
We started out at Hill Village and rode south toward Franklin a few
Goldenrod in full bloom lined the road... so did the most beautiful
poison ivy I've seen in years. There were stalks of mullein like
cactus along one stretch and heliopsis in a low place along the
I settled under an old butternut tree in the sun and tossed my 33
over a high branch. I sat down on the ground with the KX3 on 20
Propagation wasn't the best, but it was good enough to work some DX.
Right away I had QSOs with two separate stations in Slovenia. They
gave me a 559. Then I heard KR7RK working SOTA a little above the
frequency. After a brief pileup, I gave him a call. We exchanged
thanks. He was in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma.
As I gazed into the field along the road, I heard E7/9A57AX calling
CQ. The Croatian station
was operating portable in Bosnia and we exchanged 599s. Before
packing up I worked one
more European station... DL2CC. Frank gave me a 559 from Germany and
I was satisfied for the day.
The sounds of crickets now fill the air signalling the end of
summer. The next two months are great
for outdoors adventures here. Beautiful color and no more mosquitoes
to swat during outings.