|KB9BVN at K-4183|
I had about two hours to kill this late afternoon so I grabbed my Activation gear and headed out to K-4183, Atterbury Fish and Wildlife. I am lucky that I can get there in about 25 minutes. Once I arrived I saw some other people were in my spot, eating dinner at my picnic table...not a biggie. I went down the road a bit and found a nice new spot to try out.
It takes me about 15 minutes to get setup, including raising the vertical on my trailer hitch and attaching the feed line and a couple of radials. I had a weird pattern tonight on 40 meters, it seems like all my signals were heading due east. I thought that was interesting but I was hoping for some 7 landers tonight to help my WAS efforts. None to be had.
I was running the K2 at 10w this evening and as soon as I spotted my location on the POTA spotting page, I started working contacts within seconds. POTA requires 10 contacts to be considered as a qualified Activation. I ended up with 18, including one SSB contact to a Park in North Carolina, thanks to Paul K2PMD down at the Fort Raleigh Historic Site (K-0820),
The band was doing pretty well. I was on the air from about 21:20Z to about 22:15Z. Here's a shot of my RBN report. I started out on 7065 Khz and moved to 7068 Khz for the last 20 mins or so.
Like I mentioned above, my signals were all heading east tonight, not sure if it was just the way I had my radials laid out or what, but this is a neat QSO map of the evening. The one in red is the Park to Park with Paul K2PMD. Working VE9VIC up in New Brunswick was a new province for me, and N1HN in Maine was sounding great!
Anyway that's it for tonight, it was fun to make a quick run down to the park and activate it again. This is my 6th activation of Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area. Four more and I think I get a certificate! Wall paper baby!