NJQRP Skeeter Hunt
The first annual Skeeter Hunt... we were supposed to go to our
operating spot... I didn't do that. I didn't go to my second or
third favorite place.
I went to the closest and easiest access to the car. It had poured
rain all yesterday
and last night. It was cloudy all morning and the forecast called
showers this afternoon. I believed the forecast.
So I walked into several hundred acres of unused land about a mile
It's a beautiful quiet place full of wildlife and very few people. I
threw a 10 meter
wire up in a pine tree and set up an ATS-4 for 20 meters underneath
About 40 yards away a flock of wild turkeys patrolled the field.
They didn't seem worried about my radio operation. By 2:30
I was set up and working stations. When I first hiked in, it was
cloudy and about 70 degrees. I was ready for a quick get away
when it started to rain. But that didn't happen. Instead,
the sun came out and the temperature rose by 15 degrees.
I started working stations, oblivious of the muggy heat and
perspiration pouring down my back.
12 Aug-12 1832 14.0
K9DXA CW 589 559 WI 45
12 Aug-12 1834 14.0
NK9G CW 559 559 WI 75
12 Aug-12 1835 14.0
W4QO CW 579 579 GA 74
12 Aug-12 1842 14.0
K0UU CW 559 559 MN 1
12 Aug-12 1854 14.0
SN7Q CW 599 599 SN 100W
12 Aug-12 1855 14.0
OG6N CW 599 599 OG 100W
12 Aug-12 1859 14.0
AJ4AY CW 559 559 AL 3
12 Aug-12 1908 14.0
N3AO CW 339 559 VA 109
12 Aug-12 1925 14.0
KX0R CW 449 559 CO 69
12 Aug-12 1927 14.0
K0NE CW 559 559 NE 94
Because the ground was wet, I brought this pack basket and
folding stool. That would keep me off the wet ground. But
it didn't help with the heat. After an hour I was soaked right
through. I packed up and headed home. Thanks to Larry W2LJ
for organizing the event, and thanks to the stations who
pulled out my weak signal from the boonies.