This afternoon my wife Judy and I walked in some fields at the top of Shute Hill. I worked two stations in England and two U.S. stations.
We walked to the end of Rufus Colby Road, past Tommy Sheehan’s old house and up the range road through the woods.
After a ways we turned east toward Auger’s 20 acre field. There we turned right into a smaller field that had once been pasture. It was full of goldenrod, milkweed and blackeyed susans.
After walking across a few acres of land, we came to a break in a stone wall and walked into a second field.
It was at the edge of this field that I tossed a line into an oak tree. I pulled up a 10 meter wire and sat down on some moss.
There was a CW Ops sprint in progress and I quickly worked two stations in the mini contest: W6SX in California and K4VU in Alabama. Then I tuned down the band and heard my old friend Tom G3HGE finishing a QSO with another station. He was strong and answered my call right away. “It’s been a long time,” he sent and gave me a 579. Tom was a 599 as usual and we chatted for a few minutes. I’ve worked Tom many times while hiking, and I usually send him a picture or two. I promised him I would do so again and we said goodbye. I tuned down the band a bit and there was another English station, G4RFR. We exchanged quick 599s and signed. Romeo was operating a club station in Dorset.
What a thrill to take a quick afternoon walk in the countryside and work half way around the world. As G3HGE said when he signed, “It’s magical.”