by William Eric McFadden



Eric operates -- 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 Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, HP15 (link) on their way to Dayton to view the American Solar Challenge (info) race cars at Carillon Park.

The pair arrived at the park at about 1315 UTC, somewhat later than had been planned. While Eric stamped his Passport 2016 and spoke with rangers, Miles collected the NPOTA banner.

Eric's station was his now-standard NPOTA station: his Enhanced KX3 Travel Kit, his MFJ-1910 33' fiberglass telescoping mast and tripod, and a custom clipboard. Because of the threat of rain Eric chose to set up on the edge of the turn-around and operate inside the car. Eric was on the air by 1338 UTC.

Eric operated only CW on 40m and his first QSO was with WT8C at 1342 UTC. QSOs came quite steadily until Eric's 12th and final QSO with N8DJX at 11354 UTC. All of Eric's QSOs were made at the 5-watt level.

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