QRP to the Field at Profile Falls

This afternoon Dick N1LT and I headed to Profile Falls in Bristol for the annual QRP to the Field event. What a perfect day we had… lots of contacts… dazzling scenery, even a little break for tea and cake!


We set up right at the edge of the Pemigewasset River not far from where the Smith River enters the Pemi from Profile Falls. This year’s theme for the QRP to the Field event is historic trails. This spot fit in perfectly. There are TWO historic trails here. We were only several hundred yards from the old Northern Railroad route between Franklin and Bristol and just a little farther from the old road that ran between the two New Hampshire towns. Both have been out of service since the 1940’s when the Corps of Engineers took over the area for flood control.

We ran two separate stations. Dick set up about 70 feet from me. He operated in my VW camper with an FT-817 and a Par End Fed 40, 20, 10. I don’t have his log, but he worked a dozen or so stations on 20 meters in about an hour and a half of operating.


As shown in the first picture, I set up on a picnic table in front of the river. I ran a K2 to a 21 foot piece of wire (half wave on 15M) tuned with an Elecraft T-1 tuner. I operated almost exclusively on 15 meters. The band was sparse, but now and then a strong station appeared and I was able to work him. Here’s my log for the event.

Date UTC Freq Call Mode MY His QTH Name
27 Apr-13 1753 21.023 RA2FF CW 599 599 Russia
27 Apr-13 1758 21.061 AA5CK CW 559 599 OK Ted
27 Apr-13 1802 21.062 N7KE(?) CW 439 559 WA
27 Apr-13 1808 7.034 W2M CW 599 599 NY Morse event
27 Apr-13 1820 21.037 AA4PP CW 599 599 FL
27 Apr-13 1825 21.060 WT5RZ CW 229 559 NM Ron
27 Apr-13 1828 21.009 HB9BMY CW 599 599 SOTA
27 Apr-13 1830 21.029 WD4AHZ CW 599 599 FL
27 Apr-13 1833 21.033 F6FEA CW 569 599 France Didier
27 Apr-13 1920 21.034 K4LQ CW 599 599 FL
27 Apr-13 1925 21.017 I2TAO CW 559 599 Italy
27 Apr-13 1930 21.057 DF2GN/P CW 559 559 SOTA Germany Klaus
27 Apr-13 1937 18.073 WT0S CW 579 599 ND Don
27 Apr-13 1944 18.077 TM0SI CW 599 599 Sein Isl

It’s a mix of DX, SOTA, FL QSO Party and a couple of QRPTTFers. My QSO with Didier F6FEA in France lasted more than 20 minutes and I received a very cordial email from Didier. He was most patient with my weak signal!

About three quarters of the way through the afternoon we stopped for a quick cup of tea and some lovely orange cake that my wife sent along with us. I had brought along a gas stove, a pot, and some cups and plates. What a wonderful treat.

Before packing up, we went across the road to Profile Falls. It’s a popular swimming hole in the summer. A bit cold right now!


Dick and I have operated this event together at least 4 years out of the last five. It’s something we look forward to each year with good reason. Thanks to Paul NA5N for putting the event together.

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

5 Responses to “QRP to the Field at Profile Falls”

  • Nick Evetts M6UBS:

    Chuckles At some point when your doing a Qrp Contest or want some fun I’ll try to work you I’m somewhere on 40( just keep in mind inthe UK we stop at 7.2) most days and run 10ws into a extended Double Zepp cut for 17m (homebrew)

  • sergiopu2sub:

    beautiful place

  • Joel N3GSE:

    I enjoyed this. Sounds like a lot of fun.
    How was Dick’s EndFed set up?
    Joel – N3GSE

  • Thanks for the comments guys. Joel… Dick end fed was mostly vertical… sloping a bit. 73 Jim W1PID

  • George K4EOR:

    Nice VW. What year? Maybe I need to start using my 84 Vanagon a bit more. It finally starts easily and runs great. Didn’t take but three years to get to that point. HI

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