HILLTOPPING

I was heading home  from work. I took the shortcut up Frazee Hill Road. It has some pretty good height to it. Me being a ham, I like to stop at the highest point on the road and turn on the radio. I usually stop there a couple times a week to see if there is any activity on the VHF/UHF bands. There are no houses and very few trees around there so it gives you a pretty clear line of sight in most directions. This is good for what I like to do, and that is work other stations on SSB on 6 , 2 , and 432.

This Sunday must have been my lucky day. I went up the hill and noticed someone parked on the side of the road. The reason I noticed this car was because i could see an Antenna on a pole mounted on this person vehicle. As I got closer I see a tripod with a small Dish antenna on it. So I pull over to the side of the road, walk up to the person operating and introduce myself. He was working CW on the radio connected to the Dish So I waited til he was done.

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It was good to see someone “pounding the key” . Not to many operators out there still using the old brass CW key that you would see in catalogs years ago.

The guy was a fellow Ham Radio Operator. George K4RSV . We talked for about an hour about antennas, radios, and signals.  We both like to work weak signal VHF and up.  I only have experence on 50 144 and 432. George has been doing alot more than I could ever. He operates on six meters and goes all the way up to the microwave bands  , such as 10 gigahertz.

 

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Here is George ,  K4RSV  operating a portable 10 GHZ setup on top of Frazee Hill Road EL98VJ

 

 

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