by William Eric McFadden



Eric operating--click to enlarge Two members of the Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team succeeded in activating Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and North Country National Scenic Trail as part of the ARRL's year-long National Parks on the Air (link). Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, and Miles McFadden, KD8KNC, activated Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, HP11 (link) and the North Country National Scenic Trail, TR04 (link) at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center following the Voice of Aladdin ARC Columbus Hamfest where Eric had presented a forum on NPOTA activations.

Eric and Miles arrived at the Interpretive Center about 1730 UTC. Eric stamped his Passport 2016 and spoke with the ranger.

As at previous activations, Eric's station consisted of his Enhanced KX3 Travel Kit, his MFJ-1910 33' fiberglass telescoping mast, and a custom clipboard.

Eric was on the air by 1752 UTC and made his first QSO at 1755 UTC with KQ4LA. Propagation was marginal due to a CME but QSOs came steadily until Eric's 12th and final QSO with AE4DT at 1819 UTC. A highlight of the operation was working WL7DN in Alaska at 1816 UTC. All QSOs were made at the 5-watt level.

Miles did not operate but helped with set-up and tear-down and did nearly all of the activation photography.