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, performed a solo activation of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, HP15 (link) at the Mound City Group in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Upon arrival at the Visitor Center, Eric stamped his Passport 2016 and spoke with the ranger who readily gave Eric permission to operate.

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 and he chose to power the transceiver using the car's power socket instead of his 5aH gel-cell. Eric was on the air at 1343 UTC.

Eric began operations on 40m and his first QSO came almost immediately at 1344 UTC with K1SWL. QSOs came steadily with Eric's 15th QSO coming at 1402 UTC with K4MI. Eric switched to 20m where he made one QSO with IZ8DFQ at 1407 UTC. All Eric's QSOs were CW were made at the 5-watt level.