Grand Marais, Mn in Cook County, 110 miles up highway 61 from my home in Duluth. Early to bed and up at 1030 utc to make this trip. I expect to be on the air by 1700 utc. Temperature 1 degree F, calm winds and a 20% chance of snow.
Because of the distance I do not very often go to Grand Marais, Mn but I do have a fondness for this town. Not only does it have three lights to report, it is town of artists and artisans, and it is where I tested and received my Tech and General the same day.
I will be setting up in my car in the parking lot.
Looking out of my car window I see this somewhat bleak scene with dry grass, little snow, ice on the bay and with the lighthouses centered. This is a harbor for pleasure boaters including fisher/men/women where the parking lot has lots of room for trucks and boat trailers. And it provides a good meeting place for young people out of school.
On the drive up, which took 2 hours and 45 minutes there was snow, slippery highways, deer crossing the road and crazy people in SUVs, but I made it without any dents or dead deer.
On the way into Grand Marais I got a call from AE8S, Jerry who I had talked with the day before and who was hoping for a contact from Grand Marais. We stayed on 14.271 till I got within sight of USA 330, USA 1382 and USA 1383 and shared these with Jerry. My FT-857d seemed to be working well although it showed a small swr indication on the graph so Jerry listened while I pressed the tune button on the LDG yt-100. When the tuning completed Jerry saw an increase from S1 to S8. Quite remarkable I thought. If I ever get another yt-100 I will mount it solid in the car near to the feedpoint of the vertical whip. Until then it need to stay in the trunk under the ft-857d.
60 contacts today in three hours. Ok for me. Thanks for the QSOs and for your patience.
I shut down at 2000 utc and headed home. Lake effect snow again, no deer, one knucklehead SUV driver and a bimbo left turning in front of me, but I made it with no dents, just a bit of rearrangement of the contents of the front seat and trunk and the smell of burning tire rubber.
I suspect it will be many months before I take that drive again.
73 Steven, KD0ETC