Once I arrived on site, I noticed there was another marker there, just beside the Santa Fe Trail marker. It was the Lewis and Clark trail marker. I didn't realize, and didn't look on the map that Lewis and Clark also navigated their way through the area and used it for a staging area. This was a twofer! Both TR09 and TR11.
|Santa Fe in the foreground, Lewis & Clark in the background|
Here is a photosphere of the Lewis & Clark & Santa Fe trail head.
I choose my operating position under a large tree just off from the main parking lot. The Katy Trail in Missouri runs along the Lewis & Clark trail, and is designated as a state park. It use to be an old railroad, but is now converted into a bike and walking trail that runs the whole east/west length of the state. This area seemed like this is a popular place to start or end on the Katy trail, as I was only there for about 3 hours, there must of been 30 or 40 bikers who came through the trail area.
I setup my portable dipole on my Packtenna mast and just supported it in the air with a branch as I didn't want to take the time to guy it. I used bungie cords to wrap the dipole around the support mast so it wouldn't slide down and that seems to work well.
|Yes, this is upside down, but it's rightside up!|
I pulled the car into the shade, as it was still a little hot in the sun. I brought my generator so I could run my 100W amp along with my KX3. I'm glad I brought it, as I was calling CQ for around 3 hours to get my 10 contacts. My A123 battery would of been dead in 30 to 45 mins trying to power my amp. I've gotten a lot of use out of my generator, so I'm glad I've purchased it. It's small, compact, quiet and provides enough power for all my gear for 8+ hours on a single tank.
Here was my operating position, the backseat of my car with the seat down.
I called CQ for at least 2 hours and gained around 7 contacts, three short for the 10 needed. I then did some search and pounce around the band and found two other National Parks and then I worked some stations for the TN QSO party. I ended up with 13 contacts for the activation.
Once I got back home, I emailed Sean from the ARRL regarding the twofer and was informed the deadline for submitting two NPOTA sites for one upload was back in March. To solve this, I just uploaded two files as each contact was off by 1 min for the timestamp. I read this was a no-no but I did it anyway to get credit for both NPOTA sites, as I didn't agree with the cut off date for submitting two-fers.
It was a great day, good weather, it wasn't too windy and as the sun went down, the temp dropped to the point where it felt cool. I'm glad I drove across the state to activate those trails and put them into my log for NPOTA. At this point, I might have more activatioins than I have chaser points!
I shot some video, but unsure if I'm going to put it together on YouTube. Stay tuned.