At the end of June, my family and I were staying at White Lake, NC, for our annual family trip to the lake. White Lake is surrounded by a number of POTA entities. One morning, I set out with hopes of activating 3 of these entities, but due to the heat and the “old man’s nap hour”, I was only able to activate 2.
First on the list was Singletary Lake State Park, K-2752. The parks offers two group campsites to the public, and to my luck, no groups had rented either site that week, so I had the entire park to myself. I strung up a 80m end-fed half wave antenna (Jim, KW4PW, built the 49:1 transformer for this antenna) extending from a bench, across a volleyball court, up my SOTABeams mast and back down to a peg on the ground to form an NVIS inverted-v. Radio used was my Elecraft KX-3. At this park, I quickly racked up 27 contacts (12 cw, 15 phone), all on 40m, packed up and took a walk around to explore. The first two pictures below are from this park.
Next up was Jones Lake State Park (K-2738). I setup at a picnic table, ran coax over toward the exercise equipment. Bungeed my mast to the pull-up bar And ran a 36ft random wire with 9:1 homemade unun as a sloper to the ground. Contact rate here was much slower going. I attributed it to the fact that it was now near lunch time, and many retired operators were probably napping. I spent over and hour putting 14 contacts in the logs (11 cw, 3 phone), including 1 cw contact, HA9RE, in Hungary. 3 of the contacts were park-to-park contacts. All the p2p stations were having to repeatedly call CQ, as the bands were very quiet at that point.
All in all, it was a great day, but boy was it hot! It was my last time playing with the kx3, which has since been sold and replaced by an IC-705 (The Elecraft is a better radio, but I needed vhf/uhf for satellite and vhf contesting work).