Friday, June 16, 2006

Georges Island NA-148

The rain has finally abated here in New England and it is a beautiful Spring day. With luck, the weather will hold out for the rest of the weekend and I can make a quick trip to Georges Island, one of the Boston Harbor islands, for a little radio adventure.
Georges Island is located at N42 19’ 09.96” W70 55’ 37.14” and can easily be viewed from Google Earth. The island is approximately 30 acres with Fort Warren, a Civil War era bulwark against the sea, dominating the center of the island. Around the periphery of this imposing granite structure are walking paths, picnic tables, and parade areas that I hope to use for my portable operation.
The island is just over 7 miles from Long Wharf in Boston and is accessible by a ferry service that runs hourly. Given the cost of flights these days, accessing any IOTA island with only a $12 ticket looks like a bargain!
The Massachusetts State North Group (NA-148) includes Georges Island and many of its neighbors including Bakers Island, Great, Little, Middle, and Outer Brewster Islands, Calf Island, Gallop Island, Long Island, Lovell Island, Milk Island, Rainsford Island, Spectacle Island, and Thacher Island. While not exactly rare, the RSGB IOTA site claims that only 23.3% of its members have worked stations on one of these islands. I hope to change that, of course!
I have a commitment to assist with a radio exam session on Saturday morning but plan on getting up early Sunday and making the trek to Boston to catch the ferry and operate QRP from Georges Island. I’ll bring my Elecraft K2, Buddipole, and a solar panel to help keep my battery charged. See you on the bands!


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