by William Eric McFadden



A view of the reservior and pumphouse -- 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 Tom Jenkins Dam in Burr Oak State Park in Ohio to activate the North Country National Scenic Trail, TR04 (link).

Eric arrived at the site about 1513 UTC and after making proof-of-location photos of his GPS receiver and the North Country National Scenic Trail's trailhead sign, Eric quickly set up his station in the picnic shelter immediately adjacent to the trail.

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 1530 UTC.

Eric began operations on 20m and his first QSO came at 1537 UTC with AD1C. QSOs came steadily with Eric making his 7th 20m QSO at 1548 UTC with K5FZI. Eric switched to 40m and his first QSO there came at 1557 UTC with K8RAT. QSOs on 40m came steadily and Eric's 15th and final QSO came at 1610 UTC with N8XX. All QSOs were CW made at the 5-watt level.