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 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 1915 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 1919 UTC with WA2USA. QSOs came quickly and steadily with his 16th QSO coming at 1938 UTC with NY4G. Eric then changed frequency on 40m to find and work N2CX who was activating Clara Barton National Historic Site, NS11, at 1941 UTC. All Eric's QSOs were made at the 5-watt level.

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