by William Eric McFadden



Eric's station -- click to enlarge One member 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, performed a solo activation of 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 in Dayton, Ohio.

Upon arriving at the Interpretive Center, Eric spoke with the rangers and stamped his Passport 2016. Upon returning to the Memorial Gate, Eric phoned the Wright-Patt security forces to notify them of his activities and then set up his station. Eric was on the air by 1810 UTC.

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 operated only on 40m and his first QSO came at 1814 UTC with KB8GAE. QSOs came quickly and steadily with his 13th and final QSO coming at 1827 UTC with K4JAZ. All Eric's QSOs were made at the 5-watt level.

Eric recorded a temperature of 39°.