WPX from Potter Place
I rode my bicycle from Andover to Potter Place this afternoon and
worked the CQ WPX contest.
In a little more than 10 minutes I worked Hungary, Austria, Cyprus,
Slovenia, Poland, Germany and
France. The contest is a DX gold mine.
It was a beautiful afternoon with temperatures around 70F. I started
out in Andover and rode west
along the old Northern Rail route. Before long I was at the covered
bridge going over the Black
The trail was lined with wild strawberry flowers, dandelions in
bloom, honeysuckle and lilacs.
I set up at the old Potter Place railroad station. I tossed my wire
maple tree and put the KX3 on a picnic table that was right under
20 meters was packed full with strong stations. Working them was
easy. I've altered the log below
to show the location of the stations worked.
27 May-17, 1934, 14, OE2LCM, CW, 599, 599, Austria
27 May-17, 1935, 14, HA8IB, CW, 599, 599,
27 May-17, 1937, 14, HG7T, CW, 599, 599,
27 May-17, 1937, 14, K0AD, CW, 599, 599,
27 May-17, 1938, 14, N6AR, CW, 599, 599,
27 May-17, 1944, 14, AD5A, CW, 599, 599,
27 May-17, 1945, 14, SP5WA, CW, 599, 599,
27 May-17, 1947, 14, P33W, CW, 599, 599,
27 May-17, 1949, 14, S50R, CW, 599, 599,
27 May-17, 1951, 14, DL3ANK, CW, 599, 599, Germany
27 May-17, 1952, 14, F5IN, CW, 599, 599,
The black flies and mosquitoes were out in full force, but bug spray
and for the most part, I was left alone.
After working nearly a dozen stations in as many minutes, I packed
up for the return
trip. There's nothing like a contest to overcome the poor
propagation we've had during
the last few months.