It may be Saturday but I was still up at 0500 local to get ready to go to Fort Henry Hill to play radio and test out a new antenna that Tim, VA3TIC had made.
The first news about the "new" Fort Henry is that it is terrible. They have now paved the parking lot making it almost impossible to use at any other time than very early morning, we should be OK between 0500 and 0800, but not later than that due to vehicle traffic on the site.
Secondly they now have a "rent-a-cop" on site who came over to ask what the hell we were doing, and thirdly the new visitors center built on the east side of the parking lot is filled with a dozen or so huge plasma screens, and we now have a noise floor level of S7 on all bands.
It works very well and we were getting out with no problem. First station worked with it was PI9SRS, a Scout Troop radio club in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, on 20m who gave us a 54.
Next up was a check into Ontars on 3.755 who gave us a 59. The best contact of the morning was with ZL2WL, Wayne in Hastings, New Zealand, also on 20m who gave us a 55. Not too shabby for a antenna made up of scrap aluminum.
So now the journey starts to find a new, quiet, hassle free early morning operating spot in or around Kingston. Makes me wish I was back home in BC operating up in the mountains again. Oh happy days!!