Take a break from radio…
…or play radio outdoors !
Amateur radio is a fun hobby! It is amazing to receive a Slow-Scan Television (SSTV) image from the International Space Station, or realize the FT8 digital contact you just completed put a new state or grid square in your logbook.
But sometimes you just need to take a break, or play elsewhere. Fall is a beautiful time of the year. Whether it’s wandering off to Leidigh Park to sit by the creek and fish, watch birds, or photograph trains as they cross the nearly 100 year old railroad bridge, take a ham radio along!
That Hand-Held Transceiver (HT) you routinely use for accessing the nearby repeater can make a great scanner for listening to railroad communication, or with a handheld yagi antenna and a lot of luck, you could make a QSO with another ham operator via earth-orbiting satellite.
You might enjoy putting a mobile HF rig in your car or truck. Some of your fellow ham radio operators might be in need of a two-way radio contact from one of the rare counties. Consider combining a sight-seeing trip with some ham radio activity. If you give out rare contacts be prepared to send QSL cards to the lucky men and women on the other end of the contact. They will appreciate your efforts.
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See ‘ya down the log.