85 degrees and mostly sunny today - a great time for hiking and RaDAR (Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio). One of several water reservoirs in Hartford County is a modest hike from home. My Yaesu 817nd, Windcamp 3000mAh internal battery, Par EndFedZ 20 meter antenna, and Micro Key fit nicely into a day pack.
GRID Locator: FN31ot60
The area's trees are well maintained by the water district, and not conducive to a end fed wire strung high. I was able to string my antenna between a picnic bench and a pine tree - sloping from the ground to about 15 feet high at best. I wish I had brought the fiberglass fishing pole to make an inverted L. More on that another day.
Afterwards I listened down the band replying to calls plus calling CQ myself around 14.050 and 14.030 without further luck. After about 20 minutes I decided to pack up and head home.
Today proved that quality of time on the air and out of doors was more important than quantity!
Hiking 3.54 km