Back on the air

I was able to contact TG9IIN on 21.300 on Sunday.  Even through the S9-level noise floor from some local 60 Hz QRM, Ilias was very clear.  He had a really nice clear signal.  That was an unusual contact for me because I think this is the only time I’ve ever talked on 15 meters in a few years.  I was actually trying to see if my new tuner could work on 15 with the antenna and it can very nicely.

I’m planning on setting up another antenna like the one I have now only using 22 gauge wire to make the wind load on that transformer box a lot less.  I’d like to be able to get up into the mountains where it’s electrically quiet and make some contacts.  I’m thinking about heading up to the Round Knob Picnic Area in the Cherokee National Forest near my home.  (There is no campground there; I don’t know why it’s labeled as such on that map.  There is a large picnic area and then, if you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle or don’t mind a steep walk, there is a primitive picnic area on the top of the knob itself.)  There’s plenty of trees to hang the end of my antenna in though I’ll have to bring a generator for the power.  I think it’d be a great way to spend a morning and early afternoon.

Thankfully there are plenty of places within an hour’s drive that would make for a most excellent operating site in Nature’s splendor.


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my General class license. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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