As promised, I'm finally giving my update on my NPOTA activation at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This was a challenging activation for me, but I managed to get enough contacts to make it "count" and I learned something about my kit of portable stuff.
I reached the point where I was going to give up, but figured I'd try a different band first. When I started to re-tune for the other band I got some weird fluctuations on my analyzer, so I started fiddling with connections, and actually changed out my coax and presto - things started tuning up like normal. Conditions still weren't great, but at least I started making some contacts!
All of this led me to what many of you probably already knew. Cheap coax goes bad fast. I had grabbed some coax when the Radio Shack stores were going out of business, and this is what I had been using with this antenna. I now have some decent RG-8X on it's way from DX Engineering, to replace the Radio Shack stuff in my portable kit. Lesson learned.
What ham radio lessons have you learned the hard way? Leave a comment and let me know!