Bike Ride in East Andover (QRP to Europe)

Fall colors are starting to show. I could see them every where during my brief bike ride in East Andover. I stopped on the trail at a small brook, and set up at a picnic table. I worked Russia, Czech Republic and England.

It was a short afternoon ride… maybe three miles. On a whim I stopped by a small bridge and set up some gear. I stayed on 20 meters with a half wave wire and 4 watts from the HB-1B. Right off I heard Alex, R2UZ in Russia calling CQ. He answered and gave me a 559.  Up the band a bit, Jan OK1RO in the Czech Republic gave me a 569. A few minutes later, I came across Dave, G0GKH. He gave me a 569, but said there was lots of QSB on my signal. Non-the-less, he copied all of my information. He was running 100 watts to a G5RV.

After 15 minutes of operating, I packed up and continued on the ride. It was a perfect day for an outing. The sun was warm even though the ambient temperature was only around 60F. I kept a light fleece jacket on throughout.

Jim Cluett, W1PID, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Hampshire, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “Bike Ride in East Andover (QRP to Europe)”

  • Mike Ve3wdm:

    Good morning Jim, with the temps were they were is was a great day for sure to get the bike out and hit the trial. Great contacts while portable by the way and nice shot of the outing.

  • Stefano IZ3NVR:

    Hi Jim, you’re always making lots of great contacts in your outdoor activities. Keep up the great job

    Stefano IZ3NVR – KD2BGM

  • I love this kind of inspirational operating! 73, Rob.

  • Larry W2LJ:

    Jim, when I read the accounts of your QRP outings, the word “Idyllic” comes to mind. Thanks for sharing!

    Larry W2LJ

  • Mike, Stefano, Rob and Larry. Many thanks for the comments. I always worry that
    my compulsion for getting outdoors and making a few contacts will bore others. So I appreciate your kind notes. very best. Jim W1PID

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