//Rocky Point State Forest – POTA K-8627

Rocky Point State Forest – POTA K-8627

POTA Activation February 19th, 2023. It’s always a blast to find time to do a fast POTA activation. This time, Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest was in my sights. For this event, I used a 20 meter Hamstick mag mounted on my SUV, the Kenwood TS-50/AT-50, the AEA Morse Machine and a CW Morse single lever paddle.

This combo has been good for cold winter in the SUV ops. Of course the downside is that the combo has no portability. I’d say the radio weighs around 10lbs and needs a substantial battery to run it. For portability, the KX3 is my rig of choice for summer ops. As an optimist, I’m preparing early for spring and have the Elecraft AX1 on order. I just want to find out for myself how this compromise antenna performs from a park bench.

Bob AB2WW sold me the TS-50 over 10 years ago. It’s been a real good performer for mobile HF ops. However, these 90’s vintage Kenwoods are known for popping caps. Since I have shown the TS-50 no mercy, I have been very fortunate so far. This compact rig keeps on chugging and is just too sweet to leave home in a box!

Kenwood TS-50 AEA MM3 CW Morse Paddle

Band conditions were very good and there was no noticeable QSB on 20 meters. The band was heavily loaded with QRM from stations calling CW TEST, and the usual idiots tuning up and other run of the mill nonsense! Undeterred, I always stick to my guns and stay on one frequency (14.038 today) and bang away! No matter what, I always have a good time and enjoy finding out just how far I can stretch the RF from a cheap Hamstick. Today my best contact from Long Island was Idaho!

About Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest!

Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest is a beautiful natural area located on the north shore of Long Island, New York. Covering an area of 600 acres, the state forest is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The forest is located in the town of Brookhaven, just a short drive from the Long Island Expressway.

One of the most notable features of Rocky Point State Forest is its extensive network of trails. These trails wind through the forest, offering visitors the chance to explore the area’s diverse terrain. Hikers can climb up hills, cross streams, and wander through dense forests. In addition to hiking, visitors can also enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing in the winter months.

Another highlight of Rocky Point State Forest is its beautiful ponds and streams. Visitors can fish for trout, bass, and other species in the park’s freshwater ponds, or take a dip in the cool waters of the streams. The forest is also home to a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and red foxes.

The state forest is open year-round and is a popular destination for picnicking and camping. Visitors can rent a campsite and spend a night under the stars, enjoying the peace and quiet of the forest. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat in nature, or an action-packed day of hiking and outdoor activities, Rocky Point State Forest is a must-see destination on Long Island.

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