Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Getting ready for Bee time

It isn't until the end of the month - a few more weeks until "The Flight of the Bumblebees"; but I have been putting some thought in to what venue to operate from.

Several suggestions have been made to me via e-mails; and they include the following:

1) High Point State Park
2) Hacklebarney State Park
3) New Jersey Palisades
4) Allamuchy State Park
5) Batsto Furnace

These are all great suggestions! They are beautiful and scenic areas of New Jersey. The place I think I have settled on, however, is much closer to home. I am planning to operate from Washington Rock State Park.

Washington Rock is located in Greenbrook, NJ on the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains. It offers a 30-mile panoramic view of the Raritan Valley, and was a valuable lookout point for General Washington in June of 1777 during the first Middlebrook Encampment and the Battle of Short Hills.

The park is pretty close to home; maybe a 20 minute drive, tops. It offers trails, picnic tables to operate from; and enough space (the park is 52 acres) that I won't get crowded out. Plus there's lots of trees for me to sling a dipole or an end-fed wire in.

I am really looking forward to FOBB this year and am already putting a bug in the ear of the Big Guy to please make sure that it's a sunny, pleasant, rain free day that Sunday!

73 de Larry W2LJ

1 comment:

  1. With Highpoint, you MIGHT be able to gran some say 100 lb test, go up in the monument, and drop the line out the window, and effectively get your dipole UP there (the monument is 220 ft )