Hike to Hunkins Pond
This afternoon I hiked from Shute Hill to Hunkins Pond. Once there,
I set up in a farm field with a remarkable view. I worked Finland,
Russia and Spain.
The hike was about 2 miles cross country on an old logging road. The
so perfect... about 70 degrees, sunny with a sky as blue you could
I started out across from a cemetery on the top of Shute Hill. From
there I headed
south and crossed a small brook coming from a large beaver pond.
As I gained elevation, I went through a brilliant field of golden
rod. The sound of buzzing
bees was so loud, I could have been inside the hive itself.
The trail goes through the woods and over a pretty high elevation
and down toward Hunkins Pond where
it meets an old range road at a gate.
I brought my Kenwood TH-D72 APRS handie with me. Here's an image of
my track captured from
http://aprs.fi - I continued down the
Old Range Road to the east another quarter of a mile, but I couldn't
an APRS digipeater from there so it doesn't show in the image below.
The range road borders the Swain's dairy farm. The fields are simply
gorgeous and so are the views. I set up
my little HB-1B on 20 meters underneath one of the huge maple trees
that David Swain taps each year
I operated here for about 20 minutes using 4 watts and a half wave
wire. I had good luck as you can see
from the log.
17 Sep-12 1910 14.015 OH/DJ9DZ CW 599 599
17 Sep-12 1921 14.013 CO6RD CW 599
17 Sep-12 1923 14.033 UA6AES CW 579
17 Sep-12 1930 14.060 EA2LU CW 559
The last QSO was certainly the most notable. After working the low
end of the band, I went to 14.060, the QRP
frequency. Hearing no one, I called CQ. Jorge, EA2LU returned the
call. He was also QRP. He was running a K3
at 5W with a 3 element yagi. Jorge and I have had at least 20 QSOs
in the last five years, and it's always a joy
to hear him.
After this, I packed up for the return hike. It takes about 45
minutes back to the cemetery. These are prime outdoor
days in New Hampshire. The bugs are few, the air is crisp and
fragrant, and there's plenty of incentive with cold
weather ahead. It's supposed to rain tomorrow.