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Category Archives: SF to Seattle winter motorcycle ride QRV

Taking a winter ride up the west coast can be a joy or can be daunting. I’m adding Ham Radio to this trip with a little low power Elecraft K1 packed in my rear bag. Lets see what develops!

Day 7: Humming a sweet song home

Bandon in sight and motor humming along.  All is well with the bike for the 400 mile ride north.  I did manage a longwire out the balcony of the Bandon Beach Motel, which, by the way, is in Bandon and is by the beach!  My room faces south with a clear shot to the horizon.  […]

Day 6, A dark and rainy night…..

I had no problem getting up early, packing and getting under way. It started raining the night before and was still raining when I got up at 5 O dark 30. Rain gear, bike loaded, and battery charged, I fired up the sv650 and got out of dodge. The 101 is really dark at the […]

Day 5, Foggy and cold

Last night Dan sped down the hill on the SV650 one last time to visit his friends which left me with time to spend poking around 40 meters. Two more contacts were logged. KB7ZTI, Mark, from Washington, and I scored Hawaii with Martin, KH6MB! All on 5 watts Late afternoon caffeine keeps me up all […]

Day 4, trip prep

Topping off the tank, checking the tire pressure, admiring the new chain, wiring and  mounting the radar detector (I’ll be passing through to many small burgs where local revenue depends on poorly marked signage and local patrol waiting), checking the aux electric port for my heated jacket and gloves.  These are some of the day […]

Day 2/3 I noticed it was a full moon!

I’m not particularly spiritual, but things do seem to get a bit exotic during the full moon. I met up with my son Dan on Wednesday and we did a bunch of catching up as he has been living out of his backpack since his Birthday, last July. He definitely got some of my adventure […]

There’s always a day 1!

Okay, so I’m a geek girl.  I’m also an adventurous soul and I decided to ride my sv650 up the coast from San Francisco to Seattle with my new QRP rig (Thats a low power ham radio for those who are not ‘Hams’).  I flew down to SF with check bags as I didn’t think […]