Sweden from the River's Edge
Judy and I rode our bikes again today in Old Hill Village. We rode
Needle Shop Brook and stopped at an outcropping right on the edge of
Pemigewasset River. I worked a station in Sweden.
It was a cool day, 17C and there was a stiff breeze from the north.
started out it was sprinkling. But this spot was beautiful, and I
half-wave wire over a low maple tree. It wasn't tall enough to make
so I used the wire as a sloper. It pointed north which proved to be
I was using the tiny QCX-mini on 20 meters. I tuned around a bit and
especially strong station, SM5ATP. As he finished up a QSO, I called
To my delight, Conny answered right away and asked me to go up two
He was a strong 599 and gave me a 559. I was thrilled. When I told
him I was
running 3 watts to an end fed wire, he sent: "Amazing Jim... 3W."
We chatted for a while and I told him I had ridden my bicycle to
this spot. "Sounds healthy," he replied.
I promised to send some photos of my operating position by the
river. Later I fetched a picture of
Conny from his QRZ page.
What a thrill to ride in a wilderness area and make a contact on the
other side of the ocean.
Thanks Conny! You made the whole trip memorable.