Completely overwhelmed by West Texas Trip.

I’ve been so emotionally overwhelmed from my trip to West Texas, that I’ve had a hard time writing my next post! This journey was exactly what I needed to...

I’ve been so emotionally overwhelmed from my trip to West Texas, that I’ve had a hard time writing my next post! This journey was exactly what I needed to give my brain a full reset – the problem is, it left a permanent mark but a good one! The whole operational nature of our trip, though relaxed (we had a plan) – reminded me of some really good times in the military. Some time spent in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan with some of the best of friends. It was hard to leave. You don’t realize how spun up you can get in everyday life – and this place just completely slowed me down and put me in a place where I felt like I knew myself – if that makes any sense.

Being able to clear your head once in awhile is nice. I won’t lie, but I feel disconnected in the city which is ironic because of the amount of people here. The further out I venture, the more in tune with myself I become. Discovered a new term that I had never heard of before, which is ‘Wanderlust’ from my friend Josh… when I looked up the word – it described me perfectly, lol.

I cannot express to you how much fun this trip was. There are no words to describe it – but I hope that my video can convey that message to you – if a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is video worth?

I will certainly be visiting West Texas again soon. I feel fortunate to have this in my backyard. It’s no Rocky Mountains, or Appalachian Trail, but it’s still unique and majestic in every way. There’s fauna & flora here that exist no other place on Earth! The region is rich with family history and played a significant role during the early settler days.

I think a trip to the Guadalupe Mountains is in order next! This will be the first video of a series that I’m titling ‘Ham Radio Adventures with SignalSearch’. What better way to enjoy travelling than to add in a bit of ham radio!?

A Texas sized thank you to Jon – N5CFB, Matt – N5MDB, Sam – K5JM, & Melanie N5MGB for making this trip one for the record books. This trip exemplified what I love most about Amateur Radio – Friends.





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6 Comments on this post.
  • Jon Barron / N5CFB
    18 December 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Dude – I don’t know where the time went, but this trip was epic! Half the enjoyment for me was watching you guys experience the wonder of this area for the first time. McDonald Observatory on a clear night – is there anything better? An off-road drive down Pinto Canyon Rd.? There are so many great destinations available in Texas – I’m already researching the Guadalupe Mountains… Start banking some more vacation. I’ll do a mission with you anytime.

    • K5ACL
      18 December 2017 at 9:21 PM

      That’s definitely on the forecast Jon! Guadalupe Mnts are a must! Wonder if i could ruck a 100w radio up there!? Thanks for your company on this adventure. 73

  • George Hoffmann
    30 November 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Sounds like you had a truly great experience. I’m loving your videos but it’s hard to stay home after watching this….I want to jump in my truck with the KX3 and the linked dipole you gave me and head to Texas. Hopefully, I will make it one day. Best wishes and 73 DE N4GFH

    • K5ACL
      1 December 2017 at 8:04 PM

      That’s the idea George! Hoping this would stir some interest up in portable ops! 73 from Texas!

  • Bryan
    26 November 2017 at 8:59 PM

    As always, great video and terrific write up. As a full time city dweller I can relate. Sometimes just going for a walk in Prospect Park and sitting under a tree for an hour or two reminds me to slow down as we have a natural connection to nature. Not buildings, sidewalks and cell phones.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    73 de KD2KGA, Brooklyn, NY

    • K5ACL
      1 December 2017 at 8:04 PM

      Thanks Bryan. You’re absolutely right – another excuse to get out and operate more! 😉 73