Bald Ledge NH – Outdoor Radio Adventure
Today Jim Cluett, W1PID, and I hiked to the scenic Bald Ledge overlook about one mile east of Sky Pond in central NH. It was a perfect late-summer day with the temperature just above 80 F and a crystal-blue sky.
We intended to participate in the QRP-Afield event hoping to contact other radio operators who were using low power as were we.
To get to the scenic overlook, you hike up a rugged Class VI road that’s not maintained by the town. Soon you have to turn left at a crude roadway blocked by an orange metal gate.
Then you have to walk about a half mile to where the trail through the woods begins. If you pass the small sign, you could be in trouble. I decided to get the GPS coordinates this time in case you want to find the small trail.
We passed a few hikers who were coming back from the overlook. When we arrived, we were the only ones there. Jim got absorbed in the view and I did all the work to get us on the air.
Here’s the view of the Sandwich Mountain Range that captivated Jim.
We heard stations right away and here’s our log:
We had lots of fun and decided to leave.
Our timing was perfect because just as we started back into the woods, a large group of twelve people and three dogs showed up. That would have been mayhem with all of my equipment out and questions coming at us faster than flies showing up at a picnic.
Jim wanted to set up his APRS HT radio to track our journey home. It worked well.