Hike to Profile Falls

Hanz W1JSB and I hiked down to a beautiful point on the Pemigewasset River in Bristol. We worked England, Germany, Ohio and Tennessee. It seemed like the first really warm day of spring.

river

We were hoping to hike to Sky Pond, but there was just too much snow… at least a foot. So we changed plans. We headed to Bristol to a spot where Profile Brook flows into the Pemi. We hiked down the old Northern Railroad right-of-way.

trail

We crossed a few snowy spots and a few muddy places, but it was grand… 52F and sunny! We sat down right on an old stone railroad bridge abutment. We tossed a line high into a nearby ash tree and pulled up a half wave wire for 20 meters. We used the Chinese HB-1B. The band wasn’t full of DX, but we snagged a few. I took the first turn and called my old friend Tom, G3HGE in England as he finished up a QSO. He was strong to me… 599, but there was also significant QSB. He dropped as low as 569. He gave me a generous 549. I’m sure he was unable to copy at times. “DX is below par,” he sent. I told him I’d send some photos of our operating spot. He was pleased with the idea… “That will put flesh on the skeleton,” he sent, and we signed.

Next I called Serg, DL1DGS. I had worked him just yesterday from the shack. He was also strong, but only gave me a 539. Even so, he sent, “UR 4W OK.” With that I handed the key to Hanz.

hanz

Next I called Serg, DL1DGS. I had worked him just yesterday from the shack. He was also strong, but only gave me a 539. Even so, he sent, “UR 4W OK.” With that I handed the key to Hanz.

With four QSOs under our belts, we headed back. We went straight to the river through the woods and walked back by a different route. What a pleasure to walk on almost-dry land for the first time in four months.

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For a version of this story with imbedded video see http://www.w1pid.com/easter/easter.html

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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