Why should you activate it? Well - for one, the park is open 24 hours so you can operate as long as you want. Secondly, this park boasts the tallest coastal mountain on the eastern seaboard - and you can drive to the top - Plus it's an island, so if you're into the islands on the air thing it has that going for it too. Think about it like this:
- You can camp in the park if you want 24 hour fun - Great!
- Reasonably tall mountain (Cadillac Mountain) - Great!
- Easy Access. Drive right to the top, and park at one of the many convenient pull-offs, or right at the parking lot at the summit - Great!
- You're surrounded by salt water - also Great!
The main reason I had to do my activations this way was because I wasn't in my car - halfway to Acadia my brand new car broke down and had to be towed, so we finished the trip in a rental. I pulled the radio stuff out of my car so that I could still activate, but it wasn't my normal arrangement, and I had some equipment trouble to boot because of the shuffle, but I still managed a successful activation (We picked our car back up on the way home - that's another story for different blog though...)
I made a few contacts on 40, but for some reason at one point on 40 something completely detuned my antenna and I started getting all kinds of RF in my audio. I switched to 20 meters and changed microphones and was able to make a few more contacts before needing to call it a night - thanks to all those that worked me!