Despite plans to the contrary my TR-35 saw no activity during a recent trip to the Blue Ridge mountains.
But also in the car, and ready to go at a moment's notice, was the FT-891 and an arsenal of HamSticks.
It is so much more convenient to erect a magnet-mount antenna and fire up the radio with this set-up than the other, much more interesting method, of throwing a wire into a tree and setting up shop on a picnic table.
I wanted to add more states to my POTA "states activated" stats and the FT-891 was the rig to do it easily and with minimal effort. And minimal effort was all I had left after a day (no, 3 days) of trekking up and down hills, scrambling over rocks and wading through shallow streams.
My base for this adventure was Asheville NC, a beautiful and fun town.
For this trip, the mountain rhododendrons were in bloom and I wanted to use them as foreground to photograph the mountains.
I did that...but - North Carolina has over 300 known waterfalls, and they crept into the sphere of interests. How could they not?! I made it to three of them - all beautiful, serene and unpopulated at the hours best suited for photography.
A local photographer recommended a book (I ordered it on the spot once I saw his) that provides details of several hundred North Carolina falls, all from a photographer's perspective. I didn't know it at the time but discovering unknown waterfalls is "a thing", like DXing.
Devotees study topo maps of rivers, creeks and streams to determine where a waterfall "should" be. Then they hike the area looking for it. If it's previously unknown, they get to name it.
|Lower Dill Falls, NC|