QRP Ham Radio in Shenandoah River State Park

Yesterday, on the way back from Harrisonburg VA, I took a few hour detour from I-81 to stop by the Shenandoah River State Park for an incredible mountain bike ride through the beautiful trails that quickly reminded me of being a kid on a roller coaster ride!

The trails are well groomed and full of twists, turns, uphills, and of course some great downhill fun…

After a few miles I found an ideal location to set up my gear to transmit from a wooded knob that overlooked the Shenandoah River.

The QSO’s were cut short by a dead battery in my rig, but I was able to make contact on 30 meter CW with my dad (WD2E) in Tennessee. We laughed at the fact that I had forgotten any paper or pen to write with but the QSO’s had to go on so I improvised by setting up my Blackberry to be able to type in the memo pad app!

After a few contacts, the battery died so I packed it up and headed further into the State Park’s trail system to find some of the most beautiful and scenic countryside that this part of the country has to offer. I managed to explore about 10 more miles of the trails that wound through valleys and hills, ran alongside the river, and eventually led me back to the top of the mountain where I was parked.

Culler's Overlook

Culler’s Overlook

There I was met with a beautiful view of Culler’s Overlook which looks out over the scenic Shenandoah River.

All in all it was a great day in the wild, but getting home was looking better and better as my eyes became tired. Homeward Bound! Off to the home QTH 200 miles away…

73’s Brian- KB3ZHX