I didn't have a lot of time, because Lowell was actually about an hour north of where I was staying. Thinking back to my attempt at a quick activation before (remember my complete bust at Delaware Water Gap?), I wasn't sure if this was going to be worth the trip or not. In the end - I'm glad I went!
My first contact after getting parked was at 6:31pm. My last contact was at 7:21pm. I actually called it a night at that point, because part of my routine when I travel is to do a video chat with my little future operators back home and read them their bedtime stories. I love ham radio, but I love them more! Anyway, for those doing the math, that's 50 minutes. I also took a break for about 5 minutes during that, because one of the contacts I made was with ham who was local to the area, so I told him to stop by and say hello. It was awesome meeting someone in person that I made a contact with, while the radio was still warm from the contact! All in all, that was about 45 minutes of actual operating time, during which I made 54 contacts! Thats 1.2 contacts a minutes! I know the big contesters easily double that, but I've never gone through that many, that fast. Ever. Wam, bam, thank you ham!
After I packed up and was waiting to start my evening call back home, another local ham that I contacted stopped by, and we talked about how he does his setup at the same park when he activates - there's a nice area at the back of the lot that has a couple trees, spaced just right for his dipole - awesome!
Because of the success, I felt I deserved a reward....yum!
With this activation in the bag, I'm now tied with 32 other people for 171st out of 900 activators so far this year - go me!
Have a great 4th!