Sunday morning was pretty gloomy with clouds and rain in the forecast, but it wasn't that cold. Eight of us met at the Parrotts Bay Picnic area on Hwy 33, just west of Amherstview, and set up our rigs and operated portable HF for 3.5 hours.
The Parrotts Bay picnic site is a very nice spot to operate. It's clean, has portable washrooms, and lots of space for parking. The bay is filling up with ducks as they get ready to move south for the winter, and while the water must be cooling down by now, there were some kayakers out on the bay taking in the start of the fall colours.
The Texas QSO Party was also on, but all our attempts to make contact with stations in Texas fell on deaf ears. I guess our 50 watts just was not making it down there to that part of North America.
Martin VA3AKY, Carl VE3DNR, and Dave VA3ORP worked on getting Martin's 20m dipole working. It had been cut incorrectly and needed a major operation to get it tuned up and on the air.
Dave made a few 80m contacts with his "Blue Pill" vertical antenna, including checking into Ontars with a stunning 5 watts on his FT-817. QRP Rules!
Bill, VA3WOW, our DEC for Loyalist ARES District also drove from Belleville to join us for the morning. He also helped in the antenna reconstruction, and we had a good chat about "all things ARES".
All in all, it was a very pleasant fall day to be outside in the fresh air playing radio.