Monday, September 12, 2011

Portland - Boston

Leaving Portland and it`s heavy traffic I went south along smaller roads and tried to see more of the shore. Weatherwise was still not perfect, rainshowers and grey skies but the wind was coming from the north so that was a ok. Hampton beach was very nice. Long beaches and curving roads similar like in Normandie, FR. I stopped near Groveland for the night at the qth from Dave KD1NA and XYL. I was impressed by his Elecraft and nice double setup/shack. We ate very good and I left in the afternoon more to the southwest to Peter in Harvard N1PQ and Pat his xyl. The weather was great, blue skies and warmer weather. Since Peter knew that that stretch as going to be the last for me, he welcomed me with balloons, Belgian beer, food and some time-off. The final numbers are 11527 km 703 hrs 17,6 kmh moving 11,9 kmh overall 123 days cycling .. pfft.. :-)

The next day 9/11 you couldn`t change a channel without watching a livestream from the ceremony. We went out to shop for some smaller thing and I packed and disassembled the bicyle in the carton box. That went smoothly and very relaxed, more so than on an airport, thanks Peter.

Peter is also a long distance cyclist and knows what it`s all about. On sunday we took the car to Boston and drove trough the city and did some sightseeing by car and on foot trough the city centre. We ate Italian in a resto and see the most important things in a nuttshell. Time to say goodbye back in the hotel and I expect Peter back in Belgium on day ! I crashed down and the next day I packed my bags in the HUBO afvalzak to be fittted on the plane.
The flight is the KL 6030 and leaves Boston at 17h local and arrives at 06h local in the morning in Amsterdam. Katia could be disturbing the latter part of the flight but I hope we go south of Ireland.

Track me on

Hope everything goes well and we will not be transformed in a submarine since I`ve got no VLF on board of the FT817d ;-)

A better review of this last trip will follow as a final comment on the whole journey when I`m back home, bye for now.




Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Maine - Portland

I'm now cycling towards Boston over road number 1 to the south.
Weather isn't really in my favour but still it's only a good 250 km to go so, it isn't really a downer.
What surely is a downer is the driving habits that the drivers over here are showing off. It is not only during the extended Laborday weekend, what was as expected like unfriendly 'BA'-kind of people shouting towards you and driving barely next to you as they where going to hit you or just trowing a beer bottle to you.
It is actually happening also now during the first schoolday over here.
A greater number of lorry's and big trucks are passing all over and the road over here in the neighbourhoud of Brunswick and the road doens't really has broad shoulders.

Some scenery's along the coastlines are nice but I have seen nicer one's during the trip, sorry locals. Talking about the locals..
If they ask where I'm are coming from then I try to explain what I did during last summer (that has gone by now) and after explaining they just think I'm 100% crazy and I'm making things up. Difficult to maintain a normal conversation after that hahi.

From time to time I see a plaque or sign that shows that I'm cycling on the designated bicycling lane.. (the green sign with white bicycle) so I know I'm on the right track and not missing any smaller and nicer roads.
The GPS and maps are still trying to show me the best roads.
Radio-wise the WX isn't cooperative to hang up antenna's during the early evening and I already fulfilled the main goals. I try to be active maybe one more time during the evening on 40 or 20 if all goes well, I'll announce it on the twitter.

I encountered a few other bicyclers but not many as the summer season is closing down. The temperatures during the day are not exceeding the 20-25 degrees and during the night it's only some 8-12 degrees. The sun comes slowely up around 07 o'clock in the morning and it's only until 09-10 hrs when it's nice to come out of the tent. The sun goes down quickly at 1900 hrs so I have to find a place to pitch down by 1800 which leaves me only some 6-7 hrs of travelling during the day, not much. Compared to the Scandinavian summer - THE bicyling walhalla - days over there are sometimes 24 hrs long so time enough ! I'll go back to .se and .no next year, for sure.

I hope I'll make it safely at the final destination as I'm entering the heavy traffic Portland - Boston area.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fieldday ON4OSA

Yes ! I was able to contact my clubstation ON4OSA/p today on 20 and 40 meter during the local late afternoon 16:30 (20:30z) on 20 meters and 21:30 (01:30z) on 40 meters. They were really loud on 40 meters here at Phills station N1ED here in Maine in the little town in Milbridge. I saw the APRS spot from his friend N1DP but he was not at home and his daughter redirected me over here, very nice fron Phill to give me the opportunity to be active during the fieldday ! thx.
So, 5 more QSO's in total for the guys back home to add to the list and hopefully they get many more multipliers. As expected, Eddy ON6EF was doing the radio during the night and I got Mick ON4RAW during the daytime on 20 meters with the help from ON7DS Dirk who was very loud over here.
I worked the FT857d over here with the SteppIR vertical with 100 watts and it did the trick very good. Fingers crossed for the remainder of the trip towards Boston, weatherwise it will be rainy most probably the next days.
I'll add a video of the QSO with the station whenever I got the possibility to add it.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

QRV from Back Bay, NB

Qrv right now, 00:15 utc on 02 september on 7147 kc in Back Bay near Campobello island FM65ng on baseballfield. Going wry @0200utc, there is a coyote barking next to ny tent, I can't hear anything... Also from 1000 utc 7153 kc.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

PEI - Saint John

Coming out of PEI and cycling of the ferry in Cariboo led me into the Pictou-region. It was already 7 in the evening and looking for a spot to pitch up the tent was iind of difficult. Someone got me on track to a terrain close to Loans Point where I could sleep in the garden of some house. Asking the route again some km further onwards got me in contact with the family of that lady. They allowed me to stay over there's place in the garden and so I did. Nice area and people. Got some beers in the evening and got ready to go up to Truro where Tom, VE1DC lived.

He invited me to come over and in short, I remained over there for three nights until the storm Irene left the area since its path was not clear and I surely didn't want to get hit by crazy amounts of wind and rain. I did some radio on HF and stuck up with 149 qso's. 12 with Belgium, 3 with Holland, 60 with the rest of the EU and 74 with America on 20 and 40 meter. Nice station, a array of 3 vertical Butternuts. On Monday I said goodbye to Beth and Tom after a good breakfast and ended up near Windsor where I probably would have slept in the city parc .. until Andrew proposed to pitch my tent in his backyard which was more safe taken into account the small crime that went on over there. I did see the high tide come in into the bay of Fundy in Old Barns , really a wave of about 2 foot high that comes inland. Really a wonderfull view.

The next day I ended up near Lawrencetown and saw Simon next to a church. I stopped and asked him if it was ok to pitch my tent up beyond the church. I was allowed to pitch my tent up in his backyard and showered since I was maybe a bit smelly ? Talked into the evening and slept until the sun dried up the moist that got the tent kind of wet.

It's becoming very clear that the summer is almost gone. The temperatures are in the 20's and in the night it's only 12 dgrs. The sun goes down around 2000 and come slowly up by 0620 hrs.

I cycled for Digby during that day and the Annapolis valley is very nice, relaxed cycling and sunny ! I got onboard the ferry to Saint John, New Brunswick by 1600 where I arrived by 1900. It costed me an astonishing 50$ for me and my bicycle ! I Hope to find a free spot to pitch up the tent tonight to compensate.

I have 10 more days to arrive in the greater Boston area where I will hopefully meet up with Dave, KD1NA with whom I spoke on HF and invited me over ! Furthermore to the south Peter N1PQ , also a bicylist got in contact with me on twitter and have been talking about the bike since and how to get it to Logan ! He already got a box ready and proposed me bringing me over to Boston. That is a great peace of mind for the end of the big journey.

I Hope to do some easy 100 km a day and cycle into the US by Campobello island. There are some bicycleroutes that go to Boston.

I also hope to be once again radioactive during the fieldday next weekend in Europe to give my clubstation ON4OSA some points and hopefully speak with Eddy ON6EF ! I think he's eager to speak with me. Good luck guys ! I already heard that there are almost 10 of you so pile it up, spread out and don't fall asleep !