Rolling Rock Hike - Dec 2, 2000
Lost Creek Wilderness, Colorado
Near Bailey, Colorado
Dec 2, 2000
Today I took a short hike with my lovely wife Terry, and a friend Gail. I took up the sw20 (2 watts out on 20 meters) and my 'mountain topper' antenna (my own creation consisting of a hustler vertical with a pvc mast and 3 radials, all set up to be carried as a walking stick when hiking). Before I left I sent out an email on the QRPL list announcing that I would be operating from the Lost Creek Wilderness at about noon MST.
We hit the trail at about 11:00 AM. The weather was perfect, sunny skies and temps near 50 degrees. We hiked about an hour and a half to a site that I had previously camped at. At that point I stopped and set up the radio gear while Terry and Gail continued on, planning on returning via the same route and picking me up on the way back. I made three contacts today: WA9YDJ ( Vance in Illinois), VE3ELA (Ken in Ontario) and NF0R (Dave in Missouri). I was amazed that all three had seen my email on the QRPL list and had taken a little time to listen for me. That was much appreciated.
Towards the end of my qso with Dave another pair of hikers appeared. Since I was operating CW at the time the best I could do was a quick HI between words. They would of thought me an extremely rude fellow except Terry and Gail returned at the moment and explained that I was handicapped by not being able to do two things at once. After a short hike back to the van, we enjoyed a quick 'relaxer' and headed out.