Today was fantastic. About 72F, sunny, with a stiff breeze. I hiked cross-country from Shute Hill to the Range Road running parallel to Hunkins Pond. The black flies were biting when I set up my gear, so I only made one quick contact with W5ZR in Louisiana before heading back.
Not far from the cemetery at the top of Shute Hill is a 5 acre beaver pond. I brought my APRS handie and transmitted my position as I hiked. You can see the beaver pond just above my call sign on the APRS map below.
After crossing the brook, the trail climbs steadily to the top of the hill. The trees along the trail radiate the yellow-green of new spring foliage.
This is an old logging trail, used mostly by snowmobiles now. I hiked about three miles to a spot where it runs into the old range road. Just across the old road is Swain’s north pasture. I set up under some maple trees along the stone wall. I thought I was going to operate on 15 meters, so I put up a 22 foot wire for that band. But 15 was dead and I switched to 20, even though the wire was a bit short. I was running about 4 watts with the ATS-4 and an Elecraft T-1 tuner. I called Bert, W5ZR in Louisiana when he called CQ. He was a strong 599, and he gave me a 559. The black flies were chewing on my ears and arms in spite of the repellent I put on. But who cares when the view looks like this…