Water-Logged Activation at K-6306, Half Moon Wildlife Management Area

Half Moon Wildlife Management Area

Business took me to Lake Panasoffkee this afternoon, so I decided to activate a new-to-me park, Half Moon Wildlife Management Area. The entrance to the WMA is a mile off or CR 44 between Inverness and Wildwood. There is a grassy area need a trail head that is acceptable for activating. I parked about 40 yards back from some overhead power lines but they provided little to no interference. The real nemesis on this activation was rain, and there was lots of it. It started to rain right after I put up my antenna and it continued through the entire activation.

DX to Europe was closed but I was able to make contacts in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Brazil on 20 and 17 meters. I had 89 total contacts between CW and SSB. For the second day in a row I had a park-to-park QSO with Kevin, W1KVN in Nevada. Kevin is a new to the world of CW and he is doing a great job. Considering the low signal nature of many POTA activations, knowing and using CW can make the difference between making or not making the contact

My equipment was a Yaesu FT-450D at 70 watts with a 213″ whip to a Chameleon Hybrid Mini on a tri-magnet mount on the roof of my car.

Published by Bill Brown

Reformed and reforming Baptist. Husband and father. Salesman by trade. Amateur radio operator Mets, Giants, Nets, Devils and Rutgers fan.

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