Quick Outing to the Winnipesaukee River

Today my wife, Judy and I took a quick bike ride along the Winnipesaukee River. I stopped in a beautiful spot and operated for 15 minutes. I worked Macedonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Italy.


What a glorious summer afternoon. The fields and farm land engulfed us as we rode along the trail in the warm sun. We stopped across from a small pond and walked into the woods and sat down on some rocks right at the river’s edge.


I heaved a 33 foot wire over some branches and set up the KX3 on the rocks. I operated on both 17 meters and 20 meters. There were plenty of strong stations on both bands. Here’s my log:

7 Aug-13 1950 14.010 Z320G CW 599 599 Macedonia
7 Aug-13 1955 14.009 9A2AJ CW 559 599 Croatia
7 Aug-13 2000 18.068 OK2AN CW 579 599 Czech Rep
7 Aug-13 2001 18.083 9A2YM CW 599 599 Croatia
7 Aug-13 2005 18.072 IK2SND CW 599 599 Italy


After making several QSOs, I packed up and got ready to head back. I’ve operated from this spot perhaps a half a dozen times. I’ve enjoyed it each time. I head up the hill to the bicycle and ride back.


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

4 Responses to “Quick Outing to the Winnipesaukee River”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Jim, great to see the weather is just right for a bike ride and some radio time as well. Very good contacts for only 15 minute of operation!

  • Ernest Gregoire, AA1IK:

    What are you using for a radial Jim? Admittedly I didn’t go to the low end of 20 meters today but stayed on 060 all afternoon. I didn’t hear diddely! I have a LNR end fed on 20 and a good hunch of coax for the ‘second half of the antenna’! My location isn’t very good here at the condo either. I do better in a park with the antenna in the clear.

    73 De AA1IK

    Ernest Gregoire

  • Thanks for the note guys. Ernie, I’m using a 33 foot wire with the earchi.org 9:1 unun with the internal kx3 tuner. There’s a 2 foot piece of coax between the rig and the unun. This combination has been working really well with the KX3. Band switching is easy too. vy best OM… Jim W1PID

  • Ernest Gregoire, AA1IK:

    Tnx Jim, I’ll make one of these up soon. The ability to hop from one band to the next without changing antennas really appeals to me.

    de AA1IK

    Ernest Gregoire

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