Sunday, February 24, 2008

Feb 2008 Polar Bear Madness

After a 12" snowfall the day before, I elected to throw my multiband dipole up in some of my backyard trees and operate the Polar Bear event from the comfort of my picnic table. Although the temperature was in the high 20's and we had some very light snow flurries, I was very comfortable and warm. This was also another opportunity to "practice my video filming techniques", hopefully with lessons learned from the previous video efforts! Another goal was to try to work Steve, N0TU who was going up to Mt Herman near Monument CO with his packgoats and to use the Polar Bear Club callsign, W3PBC. Here's a video from my backyard "On the Ice Shelf" production:

So it was a lot of fun, I made a number of great contacts including Ken, WA8REI, whose "fist" is sounding as good as ever, and I did make contact with Steve, W3PBC/N0TU. That was real fun as his signal was loud and a good copy. With all the new snow, the backyard "ice shelf" was a great operating location. Hope to work you on my next winter outing sometime in March.

You can get more information about the Polar Bear QRP Club at:

Thanks for the contacts,

Guy, N7UN/2, Polar Bear #15, aka "RainMan"

Sunday, February 10, 2008

N7UN Climb of Black Mtn, Adirondacks, NY

My winter hiking friend Joel W2TQ and I went up to near Lake George, NY and climbed up to the firetower on top of Black Mtn in the Adirondacks, NY. This site is about 15 miles NW of Rutland, VT and overlooks Lake George in NY.

This is my first attempt at using my digital camera to video some of my hiking experiences. So I apologize in advance for the "roughness" of this production...on some of these video excerpts you will need to turn your head 90-degs to the left to adequately view. Too many years as a still photographer....I learned you can't turn the camera 90-degs to get a wider perspective! Next time we'll do better....I promise.

So all-in-all this was a "10" for a winter camping experience. There was enough snow to make it fun, the scenery was beautiful, and the N7UN Winter Sled made the hike very enjoyable. I'm already planning the next winter hike into the Red Hill Firetower in the southern Catskills, maybe sometime in March!

Guy, N7UN/2, Polar Bear #15, aka "RainMan"