Seems like every activation gets harder for me :-(
I only had a short time for this, but band conditions seemed completely dead; not a single contact in the short time I called CQ. I tested everything out and my equipment is fine...just a bad day, but heck, a bad day playing with radios is still better than a lot of the alternatives!
Even though I didn't get to make any contacts on my very brief attempt at an impromptu activation, I did snap a couple pictures and a GPS screenshot. Being in a valley, I figured my odds might not be great, but I figured if I looked for signs like "Scenic Lookout" I might be able to find a place with some elevation. As it was, I made a sudden turn onto Chestnut Hill Road, because it looked like a steep climb, and the word "Hill" in the name seemed promising. This road is barely a road, and even includes warning signs like "road not maintained" and "travel at your own risk." Almost as if by fate however, at the crest of the hill was a small pull-off where I stopped to try and make my contacts. If only the bands had gotten the memo that fate was supposed to be on my side....
- N3VEM -
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