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 1630 UTC.

Eric operated only on 40m and his first QSO there came immediately at 1630 UTC with N2BJ. QSOs came continuously with Eric's 21st and final QSO coming at 1649 UTC with ND0C. All Eric's QSOs were CW made at the 5-watt level.