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 at 2108 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 2122 UTC.

Eric began operations on 20m and his first QSO came at 2125 UTC with KA3J who was running 1 watt into an 8' whip on a Florida beach. QSOs came steadily with Eric making his 10th 20m QSO at 2136 UTC with K0EZW. Eric switched to 40m and his first QSO there came at 2142 UTC with VE3UTA. QSOs on 40m came steadily and Eric's 16th and final QSO came at 2148 UTC with K7ACZ. All QSOs were CW made at the 5-watt level.