Greetings everyone, I’m Dave from NE Florida. Been an overland venture guy since before I knew there was a real term for packing a few days of stuff in the truck and heading out to get away from people for a bit.
Now days, it’s a 2-door Jeep or my ’18 BMW GSA, depending on my mood and the price of gas. I usually have my Yaesu FT-8900, FT-991A, CS580 and a hotspot, or an E.F. Johnson 51SL ES that is a combined Ham and GMRS UHF radio.
Got to take the first post Wuhan Flu long ride on my ’18 BMW GSA in mid-March ’21. NE Florida to Oklahoma City, OK and back in 6 days. Four travel days at 600 miles per and a couple days in OKC during the typical Mid-West Spring weather. Nothing like riding against a 30 knot crosswind, with gusts that had me leaning 45 in to them at times. At least I missed the snow and twisters that storm system dropped in it path.
Got to meet some great people and surprise the heck out of a co-worker who thought I was flying in. The look on his face when I rolled up on the GSA was priceless. His first comment was “How did you manage to rent THAT?”
My response was simple, “What do you mean rent, this is mine. I rode 1200 miles to be at this party.”
In case you don’t know, the big aircraft in the picture is the FIRST Air Force One
I was invited to meet up with the group from St. Helens and Scappoose, Oregon for winter field day. These guys are a part of the group Travis W0MUD introduced me to earlier in the year on an eastern Oregon camping trip. Thanks Travis! They are great guys…. wish you were here for this trip. It had snowed but was just warm enough to rain and turn everything into a mud pit. These guys all have Jeeps so we were joking whether it was a ham radio or a Jeep club.
Tim WB7TIM had quite a bunch of radios. He was able to make contacts on all bands with his end-fed antenna and Yaesu FT-991. He also had his FT-817 and an Elk Antenna’s log-periodic to work some CW and sideband on 2-meters. Even crazier, a handheld for 900 and 1.2 GHZ!! I had my G90 and Buddipole antenna but will admit I spent more time talking to guys by the fire than seriously operating.
It rained pretty much the entire time we were there. Everything was damp even under cover.
The snow melted into mud. It was a blast… but clean-up was messy.
Tim WB7TIM running the Yaesu FT-991
Troy KI7HML made some great breakfasts! from his efficient camp kitchen setup.
My G90 set-up. Had the Buddipole tuned up on 20m and used N1MM logger for logging using the Xiegu CAT cable to capture the frequency.
Warm fire and hot coffee! Thanks to Troy KI7HML
Stayed pretty warm in the bed of my truck. Started the Buddy Heater to take the chill off and get warmed up. Then fired it up before getting out of bed.
I have been questioned a couple of times in the last few weeks about our net
is anyone interested in Restarting the Wednesday Evening Nets
if so please respond and also respond if you are interested in being a net control station
I think it would be gret to kick our net back off & to hopefully draw more interest and hams to the talkgroup
thoughts, opinions etc?
I finally got a chance to try out the new rooftop tent last weekend in central OR, southeast of Bend. The tent is a Roofnest Condor XL, mounted on my trusty 1987 FJ60. The weather was perfect – crystal clear in the evening for star gazing, and a little frosty in the morning. The tent was flawless. Easy to put up and take down, tons of room, and very comfortable to sleep in. Can’t wait for the next trip!
Feeling like I needed to get out instead of spending the day on the couch, I headed north to the southern end of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to check out some forest roads. The day started out pretty foggy and as I hit the 2,000ft mark the temperature dropped near freezing.
There were some new clear cut areas and some slash piles that were burning that didn’t help the haziness.
About mid-morning, the fog rolled out, the sun got bright, and it ended up being a pretty nice day. I stopped at McClellan overlook and was able to get a good picture of the south-side of St. Helens. I took this opportunity to make a cup of coffee, eat some turkey-day leftovers, and just enjoy the sunshine at the tailgate and take in this view for a while.
I took the opportunity to check out the ‘Trail of two Forests‘ again. Such a cool area. The road to the Ape Caves was closed for the season so this made for a good place to stop for a bit and take in the scenery.
I took the long way home which heads south-east and brings you out through the town of Carson, then Stevenson Washington on the Columbia River, then Hwy-14 all the way home. A fun and scenic 200 mile trip with all the little excursions. The sign below that says F$$K Inslee… He’s our governor. I’m taking it they aren’t a fan of Covid related shutdowns!
Many cool old buildings along the way. This one caught my eye…