23 - 30 July 2005

An invitation to go on a fishing trip in a remote part of Alaska provided an opportunity to enjoy a bit of ham activity in the wild as KL7/W5ZPA. The fishing lodge, Tikchik Narrows, is located about 100 miles WNW of Dillingham, AK, not too far from the Bering Sea. It was a great trip, although I only had time to operate for an hour or so in the evenings between 0400-05:30 UTC. I was able to make contacts with stations in Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the lower 48 on CWand SB. Some of the pictures from the trip are shown below. Mike - W5ZPA

We flew from Tunica, MS on a Gulfstream G4, to Dillingham, AK (7+ hrs). From there, a bush plane took us to the lodge, another hour of flight.

The cabins.

Station was a Kenwood TS-570S, MFJ MiteyMight power supply & MFJ tuner.

Antenna was a dipole fabricated from Hustler mobile antenna coils. I found that the vertical orientation was a bit better.

The bush planes that took us out to fish each day ...

... and one of the "fishing holes".

A fellow fisher looking for King Salmon.

... and I (on the steps, right) won for the largest (26.75 in) Rainbow trout!

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