It has started to get chilly here in NE Ohio. Not a surprise for December. I had a long week and decided that the thing that I really needed to do was get out in the field. There is a wonderful silence in the park when it’s cold. There are fewer people around and the leaves are all gone. The trees make different sounds as the wind moves through them. But the cold will not be ignored.
There were people in The Octagon facility. They had fires built in the shelter and it added that wonderful smell of woodsmoke to the air. After a bit, I wished I had a fire going somewhere near me.
FT8 was doing really well. 40m, 20m, and 17m were all very productive. I got 10 contacts quickly, but decided to keep going. After about an hour, I was getting ready to wrap it up. But then, on 17m, out of the ether, I got a hit from Alaska! That reinvigorated my cold hands and face and I doubled down. When I hit 60 contacts, however, I was done.
It was a great day in the field and I had a lot of fun. POTA is always a nice pick me up after a long week, even when it’s cold and grey.
Here’s the QSO Map: