Tuesday, July 21, 2015

FOBB - Change of plans?

This Sunday is the 2015 Flight of the Bumblebees, the summer outdoor QRP sprint sponsored by Rich Fisher KI6SN and the Adventure Radio Society. My original intention was to operate from Washington Rock State Park, in Greenbrook, NJ. However, as of a few minutes ago, this is what the weather forecast for Sunday is looking like (according to WeatherUndergound):

Of course, the best chance for thunderstorms almost directly coincides with the FOBB. Just my luck!   But the chances are at best 50/50 - so I guess it will depend on what the skies look like around Noon.

If the skies are dark and foreboding, I will probably go to Cotton Street park, which is just a few blocks from home. That way if it starts thundering, I can get home rather quickly.  If the skies are bright, I'll probably take a chance and head over to Washington Rock.  Since the park is on the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains, there's a height elevation that I don't mind taking advantage of.

Weather is always volatile and ever changing in New Jersey this time of year. I need to caution myself that this forecast will probably change about a half dozen times between now and Sunday. Unless it turns out to be a very bright, sunny and cloudless day (which could happen), I'll probably end up making one of those last minute "gut feeling" decisions.

The last time I went to "The Rock" was last Autumn for QRP To The Field. I didn't make a lot of QRPTTF contacts, but I made a lot of contacts, some decent DX included. I really would like to do both FOBB and the Skeeter Hunt from there.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

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