by William Eric McFadden



A tree and blue sky -- click to enlarge One member of the Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team succeeded in activating North Country National Scenic Trail as part of the ARRL's year-long National Parks on the Air (link). Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, traveled to the fire tower in Tar Hollow State Park in Ohio to activate the North Country National Scenic Trail, TR04 (link).

Eric arrived at the site about 1427 UTC and after making proof-of-location photos of the GPS receiver and the North Country National Scenic Trail's trailhead sign, he set up his station adjacent to the base of the fire tower.

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. Eric was on-the-air by 1444 UTC.

Eric began operations on 20m and his first QSO came at 1454 UTC with K0BJ. QSOs came slowly on 20m with his fourth QSO coming at 1500 UTC with K6UF. Eric changed to 40m and his first QSO there came at 1507 UTC with N4SOC. QSOs came steadily on 40m with Eric making twelfth and final QSO at 1513 UTC with N8XX. All QSOs were CW made at the 5-watt level.