by William Eric McFadden



Eric operating--click to enlarge Two members of the Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team succeeded in activating Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument as part of the ARRL's year-long National Parks on the Air (link). Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, and Miles McFadden, KD8KNC, activated Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, MN18 (link) following the Voice of Aladdin ARC Columbus Hamfest where Eric had presented a forum on NPOTA activations.

The pair arrived at the park at about 1900 UTC. The park was open and staffed by one of the volunteers who Eric met during his previous activation of the site so Eric was able to stamp 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. To avoid direct sun, Eric chose to set up in the shade of a large tree and was on the air by 1920 UTC.

Eric operated CW on 40m. His first QSO was with N1AW at 1926 UTC. Propagation was poor with rapid and deep QSB but QSOs came steadily until Eric's 18th and final QSO with KG4W at 1949 UTC. All 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.