Are We There Yet?

There are only two things that aren’t tentative on this trip: my forum at the Atlanta Hamfest on June 2 and my brother’s wedding in Boston in June on Field Day weekend. Everything else is tentative. I have a pretty good idea of where I’ll be and when, but it could all change. I’m sure the trip will evolve both before and after I get on the road. That’s part of the adventure, right?

Below are the routes on the agenda as of today. Did I mention this is tentative?

Note: I’m planning on operating from every state, DC if I can find a place to park for a while without the secret service getting suspicious, and both Canadian provinces.

Segment One: Central Florida to Chattanooga, TN

  • leave Central Florida in late May (exact date TBD)
  • Pensacola, FL
  • drive through part of Alabama
  • drive through part of Mississippi
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (longest bridge over water in the world)
  • drive through part of Mississippi
  • drive through part of Alabama
  • Atlanta Hamfest on Saturday, June 2, 2012 — Forum: “On Air, Online, and Eyeballs: The Social Side of Ham Radio”
  • Chattanooga, TN


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Segment Two: Chattanooga, TN

  • There’s a lot on the agenda while I’m in Chattanooga, my hometown. We’ll discuss that in a future post.

Segment Three: Chattanooga, TN to Charlottesville, VA

  • leave Chattanooga, TN on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Seymour, TN
  • Gray, TN
  • Unicoi, TN
  • drive through part of North Carolina
  • Charlottesville, VA

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Segment Four: Charlottesville, VA

  • I’ll visit Washington, DC while I’m staying in Charlottesville

Segment Five: Charlottesville, VA to Boston, MA

  • Leave Charlottesville, VA
  • Drive through Washington, DC
  • Ft. Meade, MD
  • drive through part of Delaware
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • drive through part of New Jersey
  • drive through part of New York
  • Newington, CT — W1AW and ARRL Headquarters
  • drive through part of Rhode Island
  • arrive in Boston, MA the evening of Wednesday, June 20

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Segment Six: Boston, MA

  • Pre-wedding and wedding festivities for my brother and new sister-in-law, through June 23
  • I’m hoping to visit a local Field Day site on Sunday morning, June 24. Can you help me find one? I’d like to operate phone there for a couple hours for the local club. Leave me a comment if you can help me find a location. Thanks.

Segment Seven: Boston, MA to Steubenville, OH

  • leave Boston after Field Day activities on June 24
  • drive through part of New Hampshire
  • drive through part of Maine
  • drive through part of New Hampshire
  • drive through part of Vermont
  • cross into Quebec, Canada
  • Montreal
  • drive through part of Ontario
  • cross into New York (not randomly; for an Eyeball QSO)
  • cross back into Canada
  • Toronto, St. Catharine’s, and Niagara Falls
  • cross into New York
  • drive through part of Pennsylvania
  • drive through the sliver of West Virginia
  • Steubenville, OH

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Segment Eight: Steubenville, OH

Segment Nine: Steubenville, OH to ….?

  • Leave Steubenville, OH probably July 9
  • More of Ohio, exact location TBD
  • drive through part of Kentucky
  • Possibly stop in Pikeville, KY. Does anybody need grid EM87?
  • Chattanooga, TN for a while
  • leave Chattanooga at the end of July or early August
  • drive through part of Georgia
  • Charleston, SC (lots on the agenda here, including an invitation to operate as WA4USN from the USS Yorktown)
  • Savannah, GA
  • Brunswick, GA
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Central Florida
  • Find a place to live*, move in, put up an antenna, and stay on the air :-)

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*And by “find a place to live” I mean choose a city, get my stuff out of storage, and move there. I really don’t know at this point where I’ll end up living in August. Talk about an adventure!

Are we there yet?!? :-)

73 de NR4CB, Connie

Now With 100% More Eyeball

Most of my online friends only know me by the following picture, which we lovingly refer to as the Mysterious Green Cyclops. This has been my avatar on Twitter for a long time now.


Mysterious Green Cyclops

So for all of you who want to know what I really look like, complete with both eyeballs and an entire face, here’s a picture of my dad and me from February 2011 at HamCation:

WA4BXC and NR4CB, February 2011


Don’t worry. There will be many more pictures from the trip this summer.

How many of you will be in the pictures with me? I can’t wait to meet you.

73 de NR4CB, Connie

The Poutine Fund

I’m a single, financially-independent, unemployed, full-time student. I’m hoping to start grad school this fall. I am making a conscious choice not to seek full-time employment this summer, and I’m aware of financial implications that has.

That being said, I’m frugal. I’m trying to plan an efficient route, and I’m looking for free or dirt cheap accommodations along the way. I’ll be spending time at my Dad’s house in Tennessee; with my godkids and their parents in South Carolina; and with other friends, relatives, and tweeps * along the way.

Recently on Twitter, while discussing my excursion into Canada, my friends informed me that I must try poutine. Soon more Canucks and their sympathizers added a stop at Tim Horton’s to my itinerary, where I am required to try Timbits and a Double Double. I am all for trying new things, but I’ve got a budget. :-) So, if you would like to donate to the Poutine Fund, I’ll humbly accept your donation.

You can donate via PayPal by clicking the button in the left sidebar.

In reality, I’ll use your donations for more than just poutine. :-) After PayPal takes their cut, all donations will be used for gasoline, lodging, and food. Of course, if you would prefer to donate without letting PayPal take a portion of the funds, I’m sure we could work something out. Send me an email, please. Any amount is welcome.

Hams: I’ll be operating between 80m – 2m phone from 23 states**. I hope that I can help you work toward your WAS award or maybe get a county or grid that you’ve been hunting.


73 de NR4CB, Connie

* Tweep — a friend through Twitter

** and 2 provinces; and possibly DC if I can find a place to park and operate there; and hopefully as W1AW in late June; and as WA4USN aboard the USS Yorktown in early August