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Friday, October 18, 2019

Radio, History and Nature

Linda and I took a three-night camping trip to FDR State Park near Pine Mountain, Georgia over the Columbus Day weekend. For me, the draw is Dowdell Knob a 1345 foot peak in the park. This peak qualifies for Summits On The Air or SOTA. It is W4G/CE-004. Since I live in the flatlands of Florida, Dowdell is the closest SOTA opportunity. The history aspect was our visit to the Little White House and museum located nearby in Warm Springs, Georgia. This is where President Roosevelt took advantage of the warm springs for his polio. The president died at the Little White House halfway into his fourth term. Roosevelt fostered the Rural Electrification Program. I learned that when the farmers got electricity their first purchase was a radio. The nature aspect was our visit to the Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens. We were immersed with the butterflies among the plants they enjoy. It was a challenge to capture them with my smartphone camera. I will let the pictures and video fill you in on the details.

View from Dowdell Knob more photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/cPnKRA6oNj3t5GnW7

Roosevelts Little Whitehouse, more photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/E3EAsbUgSRJeh3ty6

Callaway Gardens Butterfly Center, more photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/AGHrY9ZLrz338d8k9
The SOTA activation on Sunday morning was successful. I had a pile-up going on 40 meters for the first hour, I was getting better than one contact per minute. In all, I had 88 contacts; 68 on 40 meters, 17 on 20 meters and 3 on two meters. Of those 51 were SSB, 34 were CW, and 3 were FM. One of the two-meter FM contacts was about 45 miles to Mauk, GA. The contacts also counted for Parks On The Air (POTA). The park reference is K-2173.



I also did some operating from our campsite number 501. It had room for an 80-meter Dipole. I talked back to Bob WB4BLX in Panama City on 80 meters SSB. So this camping idea is working out for us. I expect we can do this in a big way during our retirement years.

73,

Greg N4KGL

Our rented camper.

Friday, October 4, 2019

N4KGL's November 2019 RaDAR Challenge Plans

My plan for the November 2nd, 2019 RaDAR Challenge is to start operating at the
San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park near St Marks, Florida. After five contacts, I will bike on the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail to the Wakulla trailhead. That is about seven miles. After five contacts there, I can bike back to San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park for more operating. I hope to do three stops during the four-hour window of the RaDAR Challenge. All the stops will be at Parks On The Air references. That should attract some chasers.



I did some RaDAR practice while camping at Top Sail Preserve State Park. Please see the video.




The RaDAR Challenge rules can be found here. Please visit Eddie ZS6BNE's web site and the MeWe RaDAR Community for more info about RaDAR.



I encourage all hams to participate and make your own plans  Let us know your plans and results.

Good luck and be safe!

Greg N4KGL