August Hike to Knox Mountain
This afternoon was glorious. High 70s and sunny. I hiked to Knox
and worked England, Cuba and the Czech Republic from the edge of the
I arrived at the cabin at nearly 5:15. The sight is always stunning.
reflections are almost alive. Will the ionosphere reflect as well as
water, I wonder.
I toss my half wave wire up in a wild cherry tree near the shore.
The wire is
33 feet long and goes straight up. I tune it with the Par
I use the HB-1B on 20 meters. The band is active.
Right away, I hear Tom G3HGE in QSO with another station. When he is
I call. He gives me a warm welcome as we have had many QSOs over the
He's 599 and gives me a 569. He tells me that unlike many QRP
stations my signal
is quite "decent." And he says the weather has been lousy and
over there. After chatting for 10 minutes or so, he heads off to
brew a fresh
I tune up the band a bit and hear Rey CO6RD calling CQ. We exchange
599s and I look for another contact. OK2AN Vasek is calling CQ. He
is 589 and gives
me a 559. "UR 4W DOING FB JOB," he sends. "Sounds like other
100W," he tells me. I give credit to the half wave vertical. It's a
Now I pack up and head down the trail. I have been here nearly 45
quiet is amazing. The light is low and illumines the ferns dancing
breeze at the edge of the shore. The pine tree is shimmering with
A beautiful hike. Some nice QSOs. Could an afternoon be better?