Minute man National Park
Thanks to traffic it took me longer to get here than I expected, but I still made it in time to get on the air for a decent bit. I had a pretty good run for a little bit on 20 meters and had 33 contacts in approximately 40 minutes before I decided to change frequency due to some QRM. This was my first experience on "the other side" of a radio pile-up, so I'm glad it was a relatively small one - I know it's nothing compared to the big contest stations, but it was a thrill for me!
Because I was activating Minute Man National Historic park, I would also like to encourage you to check out their website at
Minute Man isn't a huge park geographically, but the history here is larger than life - which you can tell if you happen to bump into anyone that knows the park, like I had the wonderful opportunity to do, when I met Ranger Kevin today (more on that shortly!) Most of you have heard the phrase - "The shot heard round the world." That phrase wasn't so much about a specific shot, but more about the events that happened on that day, in this area - if you're ever near Concord / Lexington / Boston, etc, this place needs to be on your list!
Shortly after clearing the air waves with the last station in my mini pile-up, I had the chance to meet Ranger Kevin - he had pulled up in the lot while patrolling, and told me that as soon as he saw my antenna, he knew what I was up to, because he had seen some e-mails from the folks in his NPS unit about the event, and what was going on. We had an awesome chat, and he even offered to let me snap a couple pictures - Thanks!
For an added bonus, we had a case of "small world" that we discovered. Officer Kavanagh and his family (whom I had the honor to meet!) vacation in Lancaster County regularly, and they formed a friendship with some folks from the Witmer Fire Department. Witmer is a very small town (basically 1 street) which happens to be the small town around the corner, where I keep the PO Box associated with my FCC licence!
With some luck I might get to visit the park again tomorrow - depending on when my meetings wrap up tomorrow, I'm planning on heading out there again for a couple hours before sunset to "tie the ribbons" on this activation.
Hope to put you in the log!