|Elecraft K2 w/ Straight Key|
|Buddistick Portable Vertical HF antenna|
Next it was my turn, but 20m was fading out so we switched over to 40m. Within a few minutes of scanning the 40m band I found Jerry - W8HOG calling CQ. Jerry is from the small town of Lynchburg Ohio which is located about 150 miles southeast of my location. I was not able to find much information about Lynchburg Ohio online, but I would enjoy learning more about it one day. Thank you Jerry for putting up with my slower speed and sloppy sending and I appreciate the opportunity to QSO with you.
After finishing with Jerry I thought it was my turn to start calling CQ so I did, and within 2-3 attempts I heard a station coming back to me. It was Lee - K4ISW from Charlottesville Virginia, about 460 miles away east of my location. Lee was booming in and he gave me a 579 report signal report. The town of Charlottesville is located just southwest of Washington DC and is known as the Gateway of the Shenandoah Forest which is a US National Forest. The highest peak in the Shenandoah Forest is named Hawksbill Mountain and reaches up just over 4,000 feet. Sounds like a great place to bring a portable radio to right? I found a photo taken from the summit and it definitely meets the "ham radio with a view" standard. Thank you Lee for also putting up with my slower speed and sloppy sending and I appreciate the chance to QSO with you.
|View from Hawksbill Mountain Summit|
I look forward to completing more QSO's in the near future as I have made it a goal to get on the air every night and practice sending and receiving Morse code. I look forward to continuing this adventure, meeting new people, and discovering new places. 6 states down, only 44 left to go.
Until next time, 72 de W9ODX