by William Eric McFadden


Day 2 of An Adventure Against Nature and Adversity

Eric's station -- click to enlarge One member 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 activated Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, HP15 (link) at the Mound City Group in Chillicothe, Ohio on a day with temperatures just about freezing and winds 15mph gusting to 18mph.

Upon arriving at the Mound City Group over an hour later than planned, Eric spoke with the rangers and stamped his Passport 2016.

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. Because of the weather conditions, Eric chose to operate inside the van. Eric was on the air at 1532 UTC.

Eric began operations on 30m specifically so he could work W0CW at Fort Larned National Historic Site (NS21), which Eric succeeded in doing at 1536 UTC. Eric switched to 20m and his first QSO there came at 1538 UTC with K6YK. QSOs came steadily until Eric made his 7th QSO on 20m at 1547 UTC with K5MUG. Eric switched to 40m and made his first QSO there at 1554 UTC with K8RAT. QSOs on 40m came steadily with Eric making his 16th and final QSO at 1602 UTC with KN0R. All of Eric's QSOs were CW made at the 5-watt level.