by William Eric McFadden



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. Eric was accompanied by his daughter Kate, KD8KNB, and Kate's dog, Bo.

Upon arriving at the Mound City Group, 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 cool temperature, Eric chose to operate inside the car. Eric was on the air at 2016 UTC.

Eric began operations on 20m and his first QSO there came at 2018 UTC with W6PG. QSOs came steadily until Eric made his 15th QSO on 20m at 2042 UTC with K5TF. Eric switched to 40m and made his first QSO there at 2047 UTC with K8RAT. QSOs on 40m came steadily with Eric making his 24th and final QSO at 2057 UTC with WA8JNM. All of Eric's QSOs were CW made at the 5-watt level.

Eric recorded an outside temperature of 48°F but he remained comfortable inside the car.