by William Eric McFadden



Eric's station with the NPOTA banner -- click to enlarge Two members of the Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team succeeded in activating Hopewell Culture National Historical Park as part of the ARRL's year-long National Parks on the Air (link). Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, and Miles McFadden, KD8KNC, activated the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, HP15 (link) at the Mound City Group. They were accompanied by Eric's wife Vickie, KC8MAJ, and his daughter Kate, KD8KNC.

Eric, et al, arrived at the park about 1345 UTC. Eric stamped his Passport 2016 and spoke with the rangers who again allowed him to use their ARRL NPOTA banner and they presented him with a ARRL NPOTA window-cling.

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

Eric quickly set up the station alongside the parking-lot circle and was ready to go on the air about 1400 UTC.

A swarm of bees -- click to enlarge Eric began operations on 40m and his first QSO was with WA3NZR at 1406 UTC. Thereafter, it was a continuous pile-up until Eric's 21st and last QSO with W2NO at 1425 UTC. Eric didn't try to make additional QSOs because they had to drive to Wilberforce for a planned activation of Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (MN18) in the early afternoon. All QSOs were made at the 5-watt level.

At some point during the activation, two hams stopped by to see what was going on. They were working the annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV) bicycle-tour from Columbus to Portsmouth and had seen the station as they drove past on SR104. Eric was too busy working stations to talk much but did hear them say they had done a January or February activation at Hopewell Culture NHP.

After transcribing his QSOs to the log-sheet, Eric checked out the swarm of bees in a nearby tree.

As at his previous activation of Hopewell Culture NHP, the rangers made Eric feel very welcome at the park.