The first SMRA Adventure day was fun! Scott, N3SW and I started our hike to the Flat Rock Overlook at08:00 Saturday morning. The weather was partly sunny with some humidity and a temperature of about 75 degrees. We were concerned that it was going to be a bit buggy but that never manifested itself.
The hike to Flat Rock is very steep with several long climbs. There are places that are so steep that you have to really watch your footing. The distance to the top is only 2.2 miles but it is very slow going. It took us just a bit more then an hour.
Once at the top, Scott used his Elecraft KX-1 QRP rig and made three contacts on 20 Meter CW using a telescopic whip antenna and a counterpoise. I set up my Yaesu FT-817 and Laptop computer in preparation for the SSTV and digital transmissions that we were going to make.
AT 9:00 AM, right on schedule, we started making contacts on the 145.43 repeater. Then for the next hour we made contacts on 2 meter simplex, 70 cm simplex, and successfully made our SSTV and digital transmissions.We had folks receive both of these.
Scott moved off the overlook proper and set up his Black Widow vertical in the forest about 25 yards away. There he made 2 additional CW contacts on 40 meters.
Since this overlook is very popular with hikers, we didn’t stay long. We had several hikers who were very interested in what we were doing and had an enjoyable chat with them. At about 1 PM, we broke down our equipment and hiked back down to our cars. I hope that everyone had as much fun as we did. Our contact log is attached to this message. I will have certificates ready at the next meeting.
Dick, WA3USG & Scott, N3SW