This afternoon Hanz, W1JSB and I made a quick trip to Knox Mountain. We operated for less than 10 minutes and made one QSO each… with Spain and West Virginia. Then we headed home. Hanz caught a shot of me on the bridge. You’ve got to be careful where you step because there are some large holes that go straight through.
We didn’t get started until after two and already the sun was low. The temperature was in the mid-40s. We hiked along the brook toward the north and east.
About a quarter of a mile from the cabin, we jumped across some rocks because the old bridge at that end is gone. It’s always a treat to catch a glimpse of the pond and the cabin on the opposite shore.
We arrived a little before 3:00 pm. I tossed a line over a 40 foot branch on the old cherry tree at the edge of the pond. I hauled up a 33 foot wire to use on 20 meters. I sat right under the branch so the wire would be vertical. I used the Elecraft T-1 tuner and connected the ATS-4. I powered the rig with 8 AA cells. We were putting out about 4 watts. As soon as I turned on the rig I heard EA3DD calling CQ. Manu in Spain came right back to me. We completed a quick exchange. I was 559, he was 599. I was ecstatic at such a quick contact. Then I handed the Palm Paddle and the earphones to Hanz.
In less than a minute he answered a CQ sent by W8PBO in West Virginia. Art gave Hanz a 569 and he was 599. They chatted for a couple of minutes and signed. We packed up. Already the temperature had dropped almost 5 degrees.