Since moving to Florida 5 weeks ago I've visited four fresh-water springs in the area, most of them being in Ocala National Forest. Until today, I hadn't operated radio from there - just hiking and swimming.
This morning I grabbed the IC-705 & snorkel gear and headed to my favorite (so far) spring.
It was a cool morning with beautiful clouds so I made a few photographic stops along the way, eventually making it to the spring an hour later than planned.
The mcHF accompanied the IC-705 but I treated it like a red-headed stepchild, leaving it alone in the car while I lavished attention on the 705. I'll get to the mcHF another time - excuse for another POTA...
Radio conditions seem to be as good as the weather but I stuck to 20/40 meters, both phone and CW.
I did confirm that the ATU in the Hardrock-50 will tune my 20/30/40m antenna on both 15 and 17 meters. I'll tuck that info away for future application (maybe with the forlorn mcHF).
In the video below is a short clip of a very small fresh water source just to demonstrate how these springs are fed. I made that clip about 30 feet from the actual spring, but in the spring itself, the water input is many, many times more intense. I dove down to such an input at another spring (Juniper) last week but not this one as a crew were doing a mermaid photoshoot right above it here at Alexander Spring.
The clarity of the water in these springs is absolutely stunning and I can't wait to return to the ones I've seen and others for future activations.