May 28th, Coastal Amateur Radio Society did another Nation Park activation. This time it was down to the Cumberland Island National Seashore in St Marys GA. It is almost 2 hours from the house so I left about 7:00 am so I could get there for the setup at 9 am. It was a nice drive down and St Marys is a very picturesque area near the seashore. They were having a Festival that weekend and once I navigated through that, I located the activation point right next to the visitor center for the Island. A perfect location!
The bands were a bit strange that day but we made a fair amount of contacts and I even managed to get in a little MIC time, the 1st for me at an “event”. Rains were due later in the day and around noon the skies darkened and Bill moved the rig into a dry area. I took this opportunity to head home, encountering some heavy rain on the way! This was the beginning of Tropical Storm Colin which would really hit later in the week.
As a result of the heavy rains coming in, the Club cancelled the scheduled activation for Monday at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum. I was looking forward to that as we were setting up under the wing of a restored B-17!