These are busy days for K4SWL
These past few weeks have been absolutely crazy for me in terms of activity–I’ve been traveling a lot, doing (involved) DIY projects on the house, searching for a new car, planning a PV system for the QTH, fixing well pumps, helping friends, and doing caregiving for my folks.
It’s all kept me very busy!
I have a sizable backlog of emails that have accumulated during this time. If you’ve sent me a message, I likely haven’t read it yet. Apologies for that. I simply haven’t had time to read and reply.
I thought about skipping a field report this morning, then I remembered an amazing West Virginia camping trip and draft videos I’d already uploaded to YouTube.
In lieu of writing a full field report (and so that I can share a video today) I thought I’d simply share this activation video with a Postcard type field report.
2022 West Virginia POTA Camping Trip
Last year (2022), in lieu of going to the Dayton Hamvention, my buddies Eric (WD8RIF), his son Miles (KD8KNC), and I spent a long weekend activating parks and camping in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia. Click here to read more about that trip.
The camping trip was absolutely amazing and we activated a number of parks during that time.
I made activation videos at most of the parks we visited, but with my summer travels and activations in Canada last year, I skipped over several of the videos I’d uploaded so that I could publish my Canadian activations while I was still in Canada.
New River Gorge National Park (K-0696)
I’ve yet to re-watch this video myself, but I remember clearly that this particular day we had atrocious band conditions.
Indeed, rough bands were present during much of our weekend camping trip, but it never stopped us from having fun or activating our parks.
In terms of gear, I used my trust Elecraft KX2 paired with my Chameleon MPAS 2.0 antenna system.