This was a Great QRP Event! My goal for the day was to hand out Skeeter #164 and transmit from the New England Trail. This section of the NE trail is comprised of the Metacomet Trail - one of our Connecticut Blue Blazed Hiking Trails. AND, it's designed TR-06 with National Parks on the Air event by the ARRL!
You access the trail from the public parking lot at Penwood State Park. A short but steep rocky hike brings you to a plateau complete with trees to launch a wire antenna, and a nice flat boulder for an operating site.
I used my Yaesu 817 with internal battery at 2.5 watts, EndFed 40-6m antenna from KX3Helper, and a micro iambic hand held key. I was able to spend about 1 hour on the air, with a storm front approaching from the west. Wow, the QRP watering holes were really busy. It's always a pleasure to operate QRP events as people make a special effort to pull your signal out of the crowd.