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Author: Stuart, KB1HQS

Fort Washington Park

Activations 40 Meters 20 Meters Contacts Fort Washington (DZ03) located in Maryland along the Potomac River and is a massive fort that can only truly be appreciated in person. In 1809 it was the only defensive fort protecting Washington, DC and was used in both the war of 1812 and WWII. Activation Date: January 14th, 2016 Location: Maryland *Mobile operation There was some discussion with another activator who had experience operating in the area of the park and suggested I contact the park for permission. I called and received permission. After activating I walked around the fort and checked out...

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Washington-Rochambeau NHT

Activations 40 Meters 20 Meters Contacts Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail (TR23) is a 850 mile series of road used by George Washington and the Continental Army. Being a Historic trail, I needed to be within a 100 feet of the trail, in this case US 1. Using Google maps I figured out a location that I could park and be within that distance. The one spot I could find was in Alexandria near Slater Lane. Using Google satellite maps, I determined that two different parking spots would be acceptable. I left home and 30 minutes later arrived in luck. One of...

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Prince William National Forest Park

Activations 40 Meters 20 Meters 10 Meters Contacts Prince William Forest (DZ08), is a 15,000 acre forest with 37 miles of trails and 21 miles of road. The forest is located about 30 miles south of Washington, DC right off interstate 95 next door to Quantico. Prince William Forest Map Activation Dates: January 6th, 2016: 10 contacts with PSK31; 10W January 10th, 2016: 18 contacts with 20m SSB Phone; 10W February 1st, 2016: 12 contacts with 20m SSB Phone; 1 contact via PSK31; 10W *Mobile operation At this point, I have activated the park twice and found it to be...

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George Washington Memorial Pkway

Activations 40 Meters 20 Meters 10 Meters Contacts The George Washington Memorial Parkway (PK02) is a 25 mile scenic drive in Northern Virginia that parallels the Potomac river and begins at Mount Vernon (Washington’s estate) and ends at Great Falls Park. George-Washington-Memorial-Parkway-map I have activated two different locations within the GW Parkway: Dangerfield Island and Jones Point. Wildlife: none As I was walking around the area, I found boundary markers that indicated as one walked the trail to the lighthouse, you leave the state of VA, enter DC, MD, and back into VA all within 25′ or so. As a...

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Gear Review: AeroPress Coffee Maker

My Cuisinart coffee maker, a victim of planned obsolescences and poor Chinese engineering quite working after two years of use. In searching through the million different coffee makers for a replacement, I discovered the AeroPress: A coffee maker made by a company that makes sports toys, like the Aerobie.   Wait….   Let me repeat that for those that haven’t had their coffee yet today. A toy company that makes a coffee maker. In my opinion, the best coffee maker on the market today is the AeroPress for both home and emergency use. AeroPress Coffee Maker Website The Aeropress uses short brewing times and...

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