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 2123 UTC.

Eric began operations on 20m and his first QSO came at 2124 UTC with N7EDK. QSOs came slowly with Eric making his 4th 20m QSO at 2130 UTC with N5KIP. Eric switched to 40m and his first QSO there came at 2139 UTC with K9FW. QSOs on 40m started slowly but just about when Eric began to despair of making his ten before darkness fell, the situation improved. Eric's 17th and final QSO came at 2156 UTC with W4JAM. All QSOs were CW made at the 5-watt level.