Fall is about upon us: The leaves are falling off the trees. The breeze is cool. The salmon are checking out the river and feeling urges to swim upsteam. And most importantly of all, the 2019 Washington State Salmon Run is about to begin! I'm starting to my arrangements for the 4th annual expedition to the county line in the Umatilla National Forest. Not much different than last time, with a couple of improvements. The big improvement is that I decided to take a chance and rent an open U-Haul trailer rather than the enclosed cargo trailer. I had the cargo trailer last time, which worked out great for rain protection of everything in the trailer. Unfortuantely, I encountered a pretty severe side wind on the way back and went slow as a result, which made the trip back very, very long. This time I am going with the open trailer because I think it will pull a lot better. I've reviewed the items that I am taking, and I believe everything will survive the open trailer in a rainstorm if I encounter one. I'll have the generator, four 5 gallon gas cans, the cooler, and a couple of tarps back there. Those will all be fine in case of rain. Everything else should fit in the Subaru Outback tow vehicle. Same station setup as before - 200' feet of coaxial cable to the same set of trees as last year. 80-6m OCF antenna. 1kw amplifier being driven by IC-7600. Desktop computer with dual monitors. Full internet integration. I did investigate using FT-8 for the contest. Thought that might be a good mode for Sunday. Turns out, contest organizer is firm about using the correct exchange which is not practical with JT-65 / FT 8 / FT 4, etc. So that will rule out those modes for this year at least. Last year, there were about four or five major contests, plus the Route 66 special event station, going on Saturday. I was completely exhausted and beat by the end of the day Saturday. Then Sunday was completely dead. I checked the contest calendar and it doesn't look to be as much Saturday activity and Sunday is still dead. We will see how it goes. I'll keep posting as I get further along with my adventure.