After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I took some time for what could be my last portable outing of the year. It was a cold and windy day, but I had fun.
I went to one of my usual haunts, Upper Schuylkill Valley Park, here in southeastern Pennsylvania. I typically operate from the parking lot overlooking the river, but that section of the park was closed due to recent flooding. Instead, I opted for a parking lot next to a little zoo. One of the zoo’s residents, a large goat, kept me company during my visit.
The temperature was 29F (-1.7C) with a stiff wind, so I operated from my truck. As usual, I used my KX3 and 19-foot vertical.
I made a half-dozen contacts, starting with a two-way QRP chat with VE3KZ. Bob’s 5-watt signal was a solid 599. In addition to Bob, I worked made three other SKCC contacts. For good measure, I also worked two POTA activators.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to get out again before the end of the year, but I always try to get out on New Year’s Day. I like to start the year off with some Straight Key Night (SKN) contacts.
I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. Stay well, my friends.
73, Craig WB3GCK