by William Eric McFadden

From the Daniel Boone National Forest website:

The Daniel Boone National Forest embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines await!

Spread across 21 counties of eastern Kentucky, the Daniel Boone National Forest manages more than 708,000 acres of national forest system lands within a 2.1 million-acre proclamation boundary. From over 600 miles of trails to two federally recognized wildernesses and more than 250 recreation sites, the Daniel Boone National Forest provides countless opportunities to explore eastern Kentucky's landscape, heritage, and culture.



On Sunday, June 25, 2023, one member of the Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team performed a successful activation of Daniel Boone National Forest (K-4484) in Kentucky as part of the Parks on the Air (POTA; link) program while participating in ARRL Field Day.

Eric McFadden, WD8RIF; his wife Vickie; and their two small dogs had spent Friday and Saturday nights at Carter Caves State Resort Park. While there, Eric had made thirty-seven Field Day QSOs in class "1B KY" and had performed a POTA activation of Tygart State Forest (link) and two POTA activations of Carter Caves State Park (link). On Sunday morning, while continuing their drive to Lexington for the annual McFadden Family Reunion, they made a stop at the Cave Run Lake area within Daniel Boone National Forest so Eric could perform a final Field Day 2023 operation and a POTA activation of Daniel Boone National Forest.

The two humans and two dogs arrived at the Cave Run Lake area of Daniel Boone National Forest at about 1345 UTC, ahead of approaching severe weather. Initially, Eric tried to bungee his Jackite 31' telescoping fiberglass mast to an available bench, but this failed utterly, so Eric fell to his back-up plan of supporting the Jackite on his drive-on base. Deploying his 28½' wire vertical on the 31' Jackite, setting up his KX3 on a folding camp-chair, and setting up his logging PC on a second folding camp-chair, Eric was on the air just prior to 1400 UTC.

Eric's station A quick spin of the VFO through the 20m band quickly confirmed that 20m was in much better shape than it had been 24-hours previously. Eric operated in hunt-and-pounce mode, calling the stronger stations running frequencies, and his first QSO came at 1404 UTC with W2VL, 6A NLI. Working his way up the band, one twitch of the VFO knob at a time, Eric successfully worked each station that he called—often on his first call—and had logged a total of thirteen QSOs in thirteen minutes before the threat of the approaching storm convinced him it was time to tear down and continue their drive west. The excellent propagation offered on the 20m band gave Eric QSOs with stations located as close as WPA (western PA) and IL (Illinois), and as far away as SDG (San Diego) and ORG (Orange County) in California, and he worked stations located on the east coast and in the middle on the country, too.

Freq  Md Date       Time MyCall        Exch       Call          Exch              Pt 
14011 CW 2023-06-25 1404 WD8RIF        1B     KY  W2VL          6A   NLI            2
14012 CW 2023-06-25 1405 WD8RIF        1B     KY  W2YRC         4A   ENY            2
14015 CW 2023-06-25 1406 WD8RIF        1B     KY  N2TM          1D   NNJ            2
14018 CW 2023-06-25 1407 WD8RIF        1B     KY  K0AJW         1A   ND             2
14020 CW 2023-06-25 1409 WD8RIF        1B     KY  K9SS          3A   IL             2
14022 CW 2023-06-25 1410 WD8RIF        1B     KY  K4FC          5A   NFL            2
14022 CW 2023-06-25 1411 WD8RIF        1B     KY  N9RV          1D   MT             2
14023 CW 2023-06-25 1412 WD8RIF        1B     KY  K3WU          1E   EPA            2
14025 CW 2023-06-25 1413 WD8RIF        1B     KY  W6A           2F   SDG            2
14026 CW 2023-06-25 1413 WD8RIF        1B     KY  W6ZE          5A   ORG            2
14028 CW 2023-06-25 1414 WD8RIF        1B     KY  AB3CX         1B   WNY            2
14028 CW 2023-06-25 1416 WD8RIF        1B     KY  N6RK          1E   SV             2
14029 CW 2023-06-25 1416 WD8RIF        1B     KY  K7KC          3F   UT             2

All of Eric's QSOs at Daniel Boone National Forest were CW and were made at five watts output.

Combined with the operations at Carter Caves State Park, Eric's Field Day QSO count became fifty QSOs in about 2¼ hours of on-air time.

Eric also submitted his log to the World Wide Flora and Fauna in Amateur Radio (WWFF; link) program for his operation at Daniel Boone National Forest, KFF-4511.