Weekend Backpack - May 29/30, 1999
Near Bailey, Coloardo
Latitude 39 Degree 16 Minute North
Longitude 105 Degree 24Minute West
May 29/30, 1999
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This was a really nice trip I took with my family: wife Terry, son Greg, daughter Kelly. We had a fine time even though it did rain/hail in the afternoon. We hid in the tent and came out 2 hours later to find the ground covered with hail. Was cold enough that afternoon and evening that the hail was still around the next morning.
Location was an area called wigwam park, accessable only by hiking, in Lost Creek Wilderness area in Pike Nat'l Forest in Colorado. The wilderness area is a huge area that is restricted to unmotorized travel only, no cars, etc.
I got up a 20 meter wire vertical and operated a little on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Made about a dozen qso's, including Japan and Argentina. Not bad for 5 watts out.
The following includes a lot of pictures of my family, my best backpacking company.
Following are pictures of the TXpedition!!!!!
Here's the group ready to hit the trail. Greg on the left, Kelly in the middle and my xyl Terry on the right. (Andy the dog between greg & kelly but you can't tell cause she blends in with the ground) On the trail with Kelly & Terry!!!! The river was really up that day, making the crossing a challenge.
The whole crew following the trail by the river and kelly, at the camp.
This would be Greg and Andy taking a break on the trail. Also... Greg at the camp wondering why the hec we're not at home living in luxury! Ran into a little hail storm in the afternoon. Started out as rain. We hid in the tent and napped for a couple hours. When we came out we were surprised to find the ground covered with hail. Was cold enough that a lot of it was still on the ground in the morning. Finally we get to the ham radio part. Here's the mfj9020 on the operating rock. Got a little whiterock paddle with a built in tick keyer. Antenna was a 20 meter ground plane vertical strung up in a tree. Got my best operating in the following morning. Made about a dozen qso's, including Japan and Argentina. Not bad for 5 watts out.
Finally got some sun that morning and you can bet I moved the operating rock to be in the middle of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!