Bike Ride along the Pemi
Today I road my bicycle along the Pemigewasset River. It was
sparkling. I worked a mobile station in Montana and two QRP
stations... one in North Carolina and the other in Ontario.
The old road runs along the river in the Army Corps of Engineers
flood control property in Sanbornton. Today I rode about a mile
north and stopped at a sunny spot right along the river. It was
I threw a line over the branch of a tall pine tree and sat down
along the bank. I ran 4 watts with the little
HB-1B on 20 meters. To my west was the river, and to the east, a
steep hillside that rises nearly 700 feet
toward Knox Mountain. I was pretty sure any QSOs would not be coming
from Europe and I was right.
I heard NT7R mobile in Montana calling on the county hunters
frequency and I made a quick contact. Then I
went up to the QRP calling frequency and heard Steve W5QC calling CQ
from North Carolina. We gave each
other 559s. Steve was running an 817 at 2 watts with a telescoping
antenna right on the back of the rig! Fantastic.
He was camping in North Carolina. As soon as we finished, Gary
VE3MPQ called me from Windsor, Ontario.
He was very strong at 579 and he gave me a 579 too. Gary was also
running an HB-1B at 4 watts. We chatted
for more than five minutes with perfect copy both ways.
When I told Gary I was sitting by the edge of the river, he sent,
"I'm jealous of your QTH."
After operating for a bit more than 20 minutes, I headed south back
road. It's nice to have the camera to record these wonderful
afternoons. But it
doesn't record the sound of crickets, or the touch of a cool breeze
on my face
as I peddle along the river. It doesn't catch the smell of early
fall or the
nostalgia of the first fallen leaves along the trail.