by William Eric McFadden



Eric's station, with the Charles Young House in the background -- click to enlarge One member 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, performed a solo activation of Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, MN18 (link) in Wilberforce, Ohio.

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 cold 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 1640 UTC.

Eric operated only on 40m and his first QSO there came immediately at 1640 UTC with N2EI. QSOs came quickly and steadily with Eric's 18th and final QSO coming at 1658 UTC with WA2FBN. All Eric's QSOs were made at the 5-watt level.

Eric recorded a temperature of 44°F during the operation.