Saturday, August 27, 2016

NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Report

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.

I was able to log 7 QSOs, all with Skeeter Numbers spanning 7 states and including 2 NPOTA activations.  During the brief encounter I had a few friendly trail runners come by, but thankfully no black bears.  Yes, we have a bear situation around here.  That's a story for another post.   Thanks NJQRP Club for a great event!  73/72  Phil, N1DN

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