The family vacation in July provided the opportunity for some portable QRP field operation. This outing made for a lot of "firsts."
First time getting on HF in many years. First CW qso in even more years. First time putting my FT-818 on the air. First time participating in POTA and SOTA.
Originally I had hoped to activate Calaveras Big Trees State Park K-1134 for POTA. But with all the other firsts going on and the effort invested in learning how to setup and operate the portable station, tearing it all down to setup it up again with less supporting infrastructure was more than I was in the mood for. So I just left the EFHW where it was, strung up between the deck and the trees and was content to operate from the comfort of the cabin.
Overall I made five QSOs, which may not sound like much, but I consider it an unqualified success, given I haven't even been active on HF for ages.
Here is the log:W7ZDX 20m CW First C…