Bike Ride to Old Hill Village
This afternoon I rode my bicycle in Old Hill Village for the first
this year. It was gorgeous! And I worked Belgium, England and
It was the first sunny day this week and nearly 70F. We've had rain
several days and the Pemigewasset River is about 8 feet higher than
Coming into Old Hill Village, I rode my bike down the steep slope
runs along Needle Shop Brook. I could hear it roaring with spring
as I approached. The brook turned to white froth as it passed over
fall on its way to the Pemigewasset.
I rode south for nearly a mile, but had to turn around because the
so high, it was flooding the road.
I returned north into the center of the old village. The entire town
was moved in the 1940's to make
a flood control area for the Franklin Falls Dam downstream. I
operated while sitting on the old
village sidewalk. It was a perfect place to escape from the poison
ivy growing everywhere.
I tossed my line over the huge maple tree and set up the KX3 on 20
There were a few strong stations on the band, but none of them could
me very well. The first contact was with Belgium OT4A. It was just a
exchange, but it put a smile on my face.
As I tuned up the band I heard my old friend Tom G3HGE in England
finishing a QSO with
another station. I called him. "It's been a long time," he sent. He
gave me a 559 but said after
chatting a bit that I had dipped to 449. He was very strong the
Before packing up I made one more contact. PV8ADI in Brazil was
calling CQ. I answered, but
it took several tries for him to copy me. We completed a short
exchange, and I headed back to
Shop Road and the car.
Honestly... I love this place... there's nearly 4000 acres of
beautiful fields and woods along
the riverside. I will come here as often as I can.