IARU HF Contest from Old Hill Village

Judy and I rode our bicycles along the Pemigewasset River at Old Hill Village this afternoon. I operated the IARU contest on 20 meters. I worked Latvia, Puerto Rico, England, Spain, Germany and four states. What a beautiful day.

We passed through a low area along the river. It was covered with debris from flooding earlier this week.

But there were only a couple of impassable sections; the rest was gorgeous. The trail was strewn with wild flowers… yarrow, buttercups, vetch and daisies to name a few.

We rode south along the trail for more than two miles and stopped under an old butternut tree. Here I tossed my 33 foot wire over a high branch.

I set up the KX3 at the edge of the trail and sat down to operate.

Making contacts was easy. Stations were strong and plentiful. Band conditions were good. I operated for about 20 minutes and made 11 QSOs. Here’s my log… I’ve replaced the ITU zone with the QTH, so you can see where I made contacts:

08 Jul-17 1951 14 DJ7UC CW 599 599 Germany
08 Jul-17 1954 14 K3TN CW 599 599 MD
08 Jul-17 1955 14 W4ML CW 599 599 VA
08 Jul-17 1956 14 YL4HQ CW 599 599 Latvia
08 Jul-17 1957 14 K4P CW 599 599 Puerto Rico
08 Jul-17 2002 14 GR2HQ CW 599 599 England
08 Jul-17 2003 14 K4AB CW 599 599 AL
08 Jul-17 2006 14 K2DSW CW 599 599 IA
08 Jul-17 2008 14 DL0CS CW 599 599 Germany
08 Jul-17 2010 14 EF4HQ CW 599 599 Spain
08 Jul-17 2013 14 W0FLS CW 599 599 IA

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

3 Responses to “IARU HF Contest from Old Hill Village”

  • Scott n7net:

    Bicycles and portable radio are a natural. I’ve done a lot of bicycle mobile. Probably didn’t accomplish what you did, but had a lot of fun using home brew QRP stuff.


  • John kc5ngx:

    Great read,thanks for posting!

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  • Thanks guys for the notes. A few QSOs are like the icing on the cake during a nice bicycle outing. vy 73 Jim W1PID

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