A whopping 75 contacts on SSB for the Big Bend National Park Activation! A big thank you to all the hunters for this one. This was definitely a special park for me. Bucket list checkmark!
This is one of the largest parks that i’ve ever experienced. So large you better be sure you’ve got enough supplies for your entire trip, to include fuel! The park has it’s own gas station and small store with restaurant, but in the off chance you need something in the wee hours!
Absolutely breathtaking – i’ve never seen a side of Texas like this before…
Big Bend has a pretty robust repeater system thanks to the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club. Check out their website for info if you ever head this way. Average ground elevation here is just over 4,000 ft, I could feel the climb as I ventured out Interstate 10 at a cruisin’ 80mph. It’s a completely different world – almost reminds me a bit of the landscape in Afghanistan!
Unfortunately I didn’t have time for the SOTA activation, with only a day and a half to spare, I spent most of the time venturing the park and operating a few times for the POTA activation, but next time for sure, apologize to the SOTA hunters out there! The park was so vast I completely underestimated how long it would take to to get everywhere. The first of many trips to come…
I tried VHF simplex while I was there, but I think in order to get any action on VHF, i’d really need to get up on one of the summits. 40 meters was particularly noisy Friday night as you can tell from the video, which made it pretty tough, but I managed 15 or so contacts that first night on 40. The rest all came on 20 meters the next day. There was only 2G cell coverage in some spots up high so I wasn’t able to spot myself on the internet, but luckily I wasn’t calling CQ for too long before the contacts started rolling in! In places like this Amateur Radio really shines – i’ve never seen so many antennas on the drive out, it was Antenna Heaven for us Amateur Radio folks!