20-meters was alive and well today while hiking on the Joe Pool Lake Dam in Cedar Hill, Texas, near Dallas. Starting around 7:15 AM, 20-meters was already rolling very well. I set up shop on 14.058 MHz CW and called CQ, getting a return in very short order from Greg, K9FL, who had a very strong and stable signal from a flag pole antenna. Greg was followed up with QSO’s with Alan, AC8AP, Troy, W4RPS, and Mike, K8XF. Band conditions were very solid and the QSO with Alan was QRP-to-QRP.
I was with Steve, KF5RYI, and I took the lead position this morning while he lagged a few hundred yards behind me, working 17-meters. No one asked me what I was doing but Steve had a few inquiries. I feel confident that at least a few cyclist and runners thought we were part of Jade Helm ’15 but were afraid to inquire.
Reverse Beacon had some nice reports of my 5W/fishing pole vertical, including VK4CT reporting me about one and a half S-units above the noise.
We folded up shop around 9:00AM in order for each of us to get to our homes and get weekend chores started.