August Afternoon on Shute Hill
I hiked into an old farm field on Shute Hill this afternoon and
worked France, Russia, Hungary,
and a SOTA station in North Carolina.
The field was full of late summer sights and sounds... crickets
singing, goldenrod in bloom, purple
clover, jewel weed, asters and Queen Anne's lace.
At the edge of the field I tossed a line nearly 50 feet into a maple
33 foot wire was installed sloping a bit toward the east. I sat on
with the KX3 on 20 meters.
There were a few strong stations on the band; fortunately they were
able to hear me. At the start
I called Laurent, F6GOX in France who was working stations at the
bottom of the band. He gave me
a 449. A few kHz up the band John, HA8GZ in Hungary was calling CQ.
He gave me a 579. Then
I went up to the QRP frequency. KW4JM, Scott in North Carolina was
operating as a SOTA station.
We were able to make a complete exchange. He was making lots of
contacts without trouble. Tom,
W0WP was calling CQ from Iowa. He was especially strong to me and
gave me a 579. Before calling
it quits, I answered Tony, RT9T/3 in Russia.
As I packed up, I couldn't help thinking about the magic of the
day.... a beautiful old farm field at the
top of Shute Hill.... and the wonder of making contacts around the
world with gear carried in a backpack.
It's a ham's dream come true...