This was the first activation of this nature preserve as part of WWFF. It is located only about 15 minutes from my house but there is only parking for 2 or 3 cars. It is deer season and hunting is allowed in these woods so I have been staying away from this location. There were no hunters present so I pulled into the parking area and got set up.
Bohm Woods Nature Preserve
As you can see from the picture this property was given to the state of Illinois by the Bohm family to preserve these woods. The is the last "old growth" forest in this area especially for an urban area. This also borders the Southern IL University at Edwardsville campus. My son Simon has spent time in these woods for biology classes and has pictures of trees over 100 feet tall and several feet in diameter.
Due to the small parking area I could not put out the radials like I normally do especially for
40 meters. I started on 20 meters and boy was it a struggle to get 30 contacts even with frequent spots. 20 meters was good to the east coast and Canada. It was surprising that I only had one 20 meter contact to the west. After I switched to 40 meters things got moving! I made 60 contacts on 40 meters with a nice steady pace. Thanks for the spots and Facebook chatter to keep the run going.
- 91 contacts
- 33 - 20 meter contacts
- 59 - 40 meter contacts
- 95 minutes on the air
- 7 Canadian contacts
- 1 DX contact with SA2CLU- He gets kudos for staying patient with me!
- No park to park contacts today.