My first snow Parks on the Air activation.
When I woke up this morning and looked outside, there was a dusting of snow, so I decided to go do a quick activation of K-0928 Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland.
When I got there, the park was closed due to heavy snow fall in the area.
I decided that I have to find another park and one that was most likely to be opened 24/7.
Working FT8 during the Snow Storm at K-7973
I then took the 95 South and then unto the 295 that will eventually be the Baltimore Washington Parkway with a POTA reference number K-7973, which runs thru K-0668 Greenbelt Park.
The roadway was treacherous because of the amount of snow that was falling, at one point, visibility was reduced to about 100 meters, there were cars in ditches and trees laying across or partially on the Parkway.
Traffic was in single lane and traffic moving no more that a couple feet every five minutes.
Downed tree that was across the Parkway
I finally got to my destination and set up my radio equipments and computer for FT8. I made about 47 contacts on FT8 on different bands. I then switched over to SSTV and made one contact.
I then completed my first snow storm POTA activation by making 4 contacts via the RS-44 satellite. By this time, the snow had stopped falling and I was ready to make my return trip back home.
Making contacts via Amateur Radio Satellite
It been a while since I last posted on this site.
I am enjoying my radio hobby, I have been keeping myself occupied by my involvement into Satellites and amateur radio.
Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) has been a satisfying and rewarding hobby for me. There is always something new to learn or build.
In my spare time, I go to different parks, set up my radios there and talk to people around the world and via Satellites. I am also heavily into the Parks on the Air program (POTA), It is a sort of radio sport where ham radio operators take their radios and antennas and set up in a park and use various communication modes including Morse code to talk to people down the block, around the world and even via satellites, some of which are a few hundred miles in space.
Hmmmmmm!!!! You like talking in parables.
It’s always important to work on ourselves before we commit to something and then get a bad experience. I have a story and likewise you will too ..and if we don’t sort our past out, it will affect our future. And hence at this time I have a lot to fix that takes time…
Everybody over a certain age have a history.
There is nothing we can change about the past, it is gone, gone gone.
Tomorrow is a mystery!!!! So live only for today. Enjoy today, because today will soon be the past.
With lot of free time and no overtime work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I found the time to set up a digital ham radio station and to try out a new mode of communication.
Although I was not totally locked down, I still had to go to work because we were deemed to be critical employees, not just essential employees.
From home to work and back home, there was nothing else to do but start some new projects or complete those that were put on hold for many months.
So I chose to set up this digital ham radio station and try out a digital communication mode called FT8.
My Digital Ham Radio Station
Finding time to play around with my favorite hobby.