Hike to Knox Mountain in Mid-May

This afternoon I hiked to Knox Mountain. It was a beautiful spring day. I worked Croatia, Minnesota, the UK and Spain.

It’s been in the 70s for a more than a week. The trees are leafing out and the grass is high. Today the weather changed. It was 50F and windy. No matter, the trail was beautiful.


I crossed the first bridge and took a couple of snapshots of the brook.


Viburnum with its white flowers decorated the trail along the brook. The cool breeze kept the black flies away.

The second bridge has been removed. I placed a board between some rocks to facilitate a dry crossing a few weeks ago. I was glad it was still there.


The pond was full. It looks like the beaver have maintained their small dam at the near end. I tossed a line over a high branch on the cherry tree next to the cabin and pulled up a half wave wire for 15 meters. I used the ATS-4 by KD1JV with the Elecraft T-1 tuner. Here’s my log.

13 May-13 1916 21.018 9A4KW CW 599 599 Croatia
13 May-13 1922 21.013 KW7D CW 559 589 MN
13 May-13 1934 21.005 MI0VKO CW 449 579 UK
13 May-13 1951 21.011 EA8TL CW 599 599 Spain


This is the view of the pond from my operating position. After packing up, I made a quick trip back to the car. I was cold and ready for a cup of tea. Thank goodness spring is here.

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

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