Took a short trip to a small, local pond on the east side of Moscow, ID to work the museum ships weekend.
I brought my KX3 and SV9 40-10 vertical and set up a few feet from the pond, close enough to see the fish and baby ducks swimming by.
Condx from my home QTH were not good so I wanted to see what a change of location and antenna might do.
I did work NB6GC – The USS Hornet – in Bend, Oregon. Also heard two other museum ship sites but could not reach them: NI6BB – The battleship Iowa – and N5P – The Museum of the Pacific War – In Fredricksburg, TX.
Band conditions improved greatly at the pond, with 40m going from S9+ QRN to about S4 QRN. Across the rest of HF land QRN was S1 or less. Unfortunately a weekend geomagnetic storm really tamped down propagation from the Idaho panhandle.
Also heard VE3 CWM – The Canadian Cold War Museum – which is actually a real Cold War bunker 100 feet underground, designed for key people in the government to remain in for up to 30 days on the event the unthinkable ever happened. The bunker was officially closed nearly 20 years ago so now it’s just a tourist attraction of sorts. Wish I could have worked them but, no luck today.
Still it was great fun to be outside on the air. Setup took just a few minutes.
Next time I hope propagation is better – heard a few other stations comment on the marginal band condx.
Before I called it a day, had a real nice QSO with Doug – WB6MFV – in Oregon. He was running an FTDX 5K at about 700W – great sigs. Thanks for the QSO, Doug, rock on!
Here are some pix from the operating position.
The SV9 is up against the tree. I ran four 20-ft radials off the grounded plate at the foot of the SV9.
The view from my seat, pond-side. That’s my battery pack on top of the KX3. If you look carefully you can see two ducks swimming by.
Here’s the welome sign to the park, with my setup in the distance on the left.