Author: Admim

  • In a rut

    A few days ago I noticed (looking at my POTA stats) that since last June the only park I have activated has been good old K-1480, Wildcat Mountain! Not sure just how that came about; I started 2023 with a string of new (to me) parks. I think I need to get back into that…

  • Winter Field Day 2024 at Wildcat Mountain

    WFD is, first & foremost, an emergency communications exercise conducted under less-than-optimal conditions (at least for those of us in the Northern states, lol). This year I made a virtue of necessity and used my lack of planning (see the previous post) as part of the exercise; after all, emergencies do not give us advance…

  • Winter Field Day is next weekend

    and I have done nothing to prepare for it, nothing at all. Radios are packed at least; with fully charged batteries. Probably I will go to a park, but which one? https://winterfieldday.org/ for details about this annual event, or visit here a day or two later to read all about what I did. Thanks for…

  • Word cloud

    in lieu of any other content: I have always thought word clouds were cool, so when I visited wmtips.com recently I saw this and made a screenshot of it. It seems to only encompass the main page’s content. Maybe I will look for a WordPress plug-in or widget to do this for the whole site.…

  • Last hike of 2023, and first hike of 2024

    On the 30th, and again on the 1st, I hiked the Ice Cave trail at Wildcat Mountain S. P. to commemorate the passing of the calendar year and to start off the new one in a spirit of happy outdoor fun, also to carry on the struggle to stay in shape for the milder months!…

  • A hiking-centric Christmas in the Driftless

    The weather has been anomalously warm the past few days (mostly in the 40s day and night), overcast, with generous amounts of dense fog, and no serious social obligations anywhere, so we have been getting in a hike every day ! I try to always have a radio packed, in case I suddenly feel the…

  • Hung a new antenna today!

    It seems like just yesterday I was thinking about getting an antenna up in the trees at home … Now, as the sun sets, I have one! The day started sunny and cold, but after noon sunny was winning and the temperature got up to around 30. I had all the necessary stuff handy (I’ve…

  • Omnibus and variorum in K minor, Op. 7_1beta

    re: Field Day 2023 The December issue of QST arrived a while ago and I invested maybe 15 minutes looking through the fine print for my score: 440 points. I think that my claimed bonus for Public Information Display was rejected; not unfairly mind you, it was a bit skimpy. Eh, surest way to fail…

  • An amusing juxtaposition

    seen on the kitchen table yesterday. Nothing, otherwise; certainly no radio; home DIY is absorbing a lot of time as a project draws to a close. Maybe next week, right? (rueful lol) Thanks for visiting! Please leave a comment if you have a moment to spare; sometimes I wonder if anyone reads any of this…

  • Cut down my knee board today

    It fits okay lengthwise; width is a bit tight still, might need to trim off 1/4″ or so on either side. Added a few holes for carabiners and bungee cords. Next use in the field may initiate more modifications! Thanks for visiting !

  • happy anniversary, driftlessqrp!

    It’s been a year, today! Onward to many more years of hiking, and radio, and blogging here!

  • Touch paddle project, with updates

    October 24th: I want to start off with a word of praise for UPS; yesterday evening my package was in Louisville KY; this morning at 5:30 it was in Rockford IL; but I lacked faith, I didn’t believe it would get here today … and there it was on my doorstep at 3! Thanks, UPS!…