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, peformed a solo activation of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, HP15 (link) at the Mound City Group in Chillicothe, Ohio, on a cool, very windy December morning.

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 1628 UTC.

Eric started operations on 20m and his first QSO there came at 1631 UTC with IK1GPG. Although he was forced to change frequency because of interference from other station, QSOs can steadily with Eric's 8th QSO on 20m UTC coming at 1649 UTC with VE6UX. Eric switched to 40m and his first QSO there came at 1656 UTC with W0RH. QSOs on 40m came steadily with Eric's 14th and final QSO coming at K4MI. All Eric's QSOs were CW made at the 5-watt level.

Eric recorded an outside temperature of 46°.