Many thanks to Mike (KE8PTX) who shares the following field report:
One of my best POTA activations on a whim.
by Mike (KE8PTX)
Doing some late afternoon POTA chasing from the back deck home QTH, contacts on 5 watts seemed to be coming fairly easy so I started to think I should have a go at it and activate a park.
One in one hundred times I activate QRO, so I decided to take the FT-891 and blow the dust off the finals.
When filling my pack, I had a last minute change of heart and decided to stick with QRP. Bagged up the never fail KX2 field kit and hit the road.
The park was Port Huron State Game Land (K-6762) a nearby game land with many activation spots. As I never do look at the solar reports, this time was no different. I feel the solar reports more times than not would keep me home. With a QRP mind set we all feel we have something to prove by just doing it.
So off to the park we go!
After a short 20 minute dive through the countryside of the Michigan thumb, I arrived at my location only to be welcomed by a flock of Michigan state birds: the mighty Mosquitoes. I came prepared with my trusty Thermacell. Fired it up 5 minutes before exiting the car to give it a head start.
My deployment of gear is simple and quick. My go-to antenna is a 40m EFHW inverted V configuration running North to South.
My mid support is a modified Carbon 6 mast.
Setup time was less than two minutes and I was on the air. Continue reading Guest Post: A wildly successful POTA activation…on a whim!