Hike to Shute Hill – Slovenia, France, Russia

This afternoon Judy and I hiked on Shute Hill. I worked Italy, France, Russia, Slovenia and Sardinia.


It was a cool but beautiful day. The trail is lined with wildflowers… asters, goldenrod, and jewel weed. We stop to enjoy the brook that flows out of the beaver pond.


About a mile up the trail there is a rich fragrance permeating everywhere. It is a vast field of goldenrod.


At the top of the hill there is a clearing. We will stop here. I heave a wire in an old butternut tree. Judy finishes up some knitting in the warm sun.


I have brought the KX3. I pull up 33 feet of wire and begin operating on 17 meters. The band is excellent. I make six contacts in about 25 minutes. Here is my log.

8 Sep-13 1948 18.075 IK2CIO CW 599 599 Italy
8 Sep-13 1950 14.011 F8DGY CW 549 599 France
8 Sep-13 1956 14.060 W9PP CW 569 599 Ind
8 Sep-13 2008 14.037 UA0IT/6 CW 559 599 Russia
8 Sep-13 2011 18.072 S51WO CW 589 599 Slovenia
8 Sep-13 2016 18.074 IS0GQX CW 599 599 Sardinia


Now I pack up the gear. It is a perfect afternoon. I glance behind before starting the hike back.


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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