Prospect Lake in Wheatridge, Colorado (39 deg 46.6' N, 105 deg 07.6' W)
My favorite ham shack is an eight-foot rowboat. For the past four years
I have taken a ham radio out with me as I row around the lakes of
Colorado. I even went to the mountains and set a possible record for
the highest ham radio operation from a boat at nearly 14,000 feet. But
mostly I take a fifteen-minute drive to a small, 12-acre lake in a
western suburb of Denver and enjoy ham radio while afloat. Occasionally
I will tune to 14.300 MHz and check in to the Maritime Mobile Net just
Over the last four years I have made hundreds of fun contacts and even
snagged some nice DX running only five watts. On November 10, 2003 I
worked Victor, ZK1CG on Raritonga in the Cook Islands. On December 3rd
of that year I heard Larry, T32WW on Christmas Island and reached him
on the fourth try. Both were on 17 meters. April 4, 2004 it was
5WØKE in Western Samoa on 20 meters. I still work an occasional
JA and Hawaii, even so close to the bottom of Solar Cycle 23. I can't
wait for 10 meters to kick in again!
Pictured below is a peek at the inside of the rowboat. I have tried
several antenna configurations including 1/4-wave and 1/2-wave
verticals and even an antenna made out of saltwater.
In four years of operating from this lake, I have never had the
company of other boats. I have attributed this to the park rules that
say you can fish from shore, you can boat, but you can't fish from a
boat. I will usually begin a trip about three hours before local sunset
and not return until well after dark as seen below.