Activating Emmaville Mountain North W3/SV-019
- When: 2016-11-11 from 18:04Z to 18:33Z
- Where: Emmaville Mountain North – W3/SV-019
- Who: Amanda KI4IWS, Harlan, Elise, and myself
- Ascent: Drive up
- Decent: Drive down
- Equipment: Elecraft K1, SOTABEAMS Band Springer Midi, Navy Flameproof Key
- APRS Coverage: Good coverage
- T-Mobile Coverage: Good coverage
This was a good stop, about half way, on our way up to Ohio. The kids got a chance to get out and run around and I got a chance to put a few more contacts in the log.
The roadway going to the top is a single lane, gravel road that is in good condition. At the top of the summit is an open area that allows for parking and one could imagine lots of antennas and operating locations here. You are ringed with trees, however, so I'm not sure if this would make a good microwave location. Perhaps in the winter when the leaves are off the trees...
After hiking across the field I began setting up my gear. Just as I used at Sugarloaf Mountain a few weekends ago, I setup my Elecraft K1 (5 watts using 8 AA batteries), the SOTABEAMS Band Springer Midi antenna, 4.1m fiberglass pole, and Navy Flameproof key. I was able to find a convenient tree stump in which to setup my station. The antenna was setup nearby in the bushes and held well in spite of the stiff breeze that was blowing.
Most stations were quite loud. Unlike last time, the bands were stable enough that stations didn't have to chase me around the bands trying to contact me (or at least if they did I couldn't hear them like on Sugarloaf).
I continue to be surprised by how quiet the bands are once you get on top of the mountain. The K1's receiver continues to do a fantastic job. I quickly put four contacts in the log on 40m before moving to and putting three contacts each on 30m and 20m. I was planning on trying 17m but time was running out and my family was getting cold. It was time to hit the road once again. Next time I might try to start on the upper bands and work my way down.
Oh, there was one challenge. When I first started working 40m I had my four year old son basically hanging all over me so my CW, both listening and sending, were negatively impacted. Luckily I was able to tie him to a tree and get back to making contacts! (I'm kidding!)
Furthest contact was with OK1DVM in the Czech Republic (~6895km)! I was very surprised he could hear me while I was only running 5 watts. I'll take contacts like that any day!
Thanks to all the chasers that helped with my activation: W4DOW, K3JZD, KG3W, N1EU, N1GB, W4ALE, W4HBK, K4MF, OK1DVM, and W7CNL.