September Hike on Shute Hill

It was a perfect September afternoon. Judy and I hiked up to a field on Shute Hill. I worked Bulgaria, Bosnia, Cuba and three stations from Washington state.

We parked the car and walked north on the Rufus Colby Road. The town only maintains about a half mile of it, then it turns into an impassable woods road. After another few hundred yards, we headed east through the woods on an  abandoned farm lane. The woods open into a small field after a few minutes’ walk.

Here, there are two small fields separated by a stone wall. Judy gets a photo of me walking through the first field.

On the other side of the wall, we enter the second field.  I open my pack and setup the little Chinese HB-1B on 20 meters.  I heave a water bottle into an oak tree so I can pull up a wire. I miss my mark,  the bottle hits the ground, splits and all the water runs out. The bottle has lasted  for nearly three years of frequent outings. It had to happen sooner or later. I search in the stone wall for a suitable rock. I find one that’s a bit too heavy and my throw doesn’t go as high as planned. I use a half-wave sloper instead of a vertical! But still… it works.

With key in hand, I work six stations in about 20 minutes. Here’s the log:

Date      UTC   Time   Call      My His   QTH
———————————————————————————
16 Sep-12 2005  14.021 LZ1DS CW  449 599 BULGARIA
16 Sep-12 2015  14.026 E72U  CW  599 599 BOSNIA
16 Sep-12 2019  14.047 K7TJ  CW  599 599 WA
16 Sep-12 2020  14.048 W7WMO CW  599 599 WA
16 Sep-12 2022  14.049 K7INA CW  599 599 WA
16 Sep-12 2023  14.006 CO6RD CW  599 599 CUBA

This is a lovely, quiet spot to visit on an early fall afternoon. The air is chilly, but the sun is warm. These few days before the first frost are treasured, and I get out every time I can.

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

2 Responses to “September Hike on Shute Hill”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Jim it sounds like is was a great day out both weather wise and radio wise as well. Very nice pictures and nice contacts with the QRP rig.
    Mike

  • LarryW2LJ:

    Sounds like a great day,Jim! Thanks for sharing your successful outing. Guess there won’t be too many more days like this before the weather changes.

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