Tyson, Locally, well kind of local, 2 hours away, I think there are or were a couple of outfitters operating in the New River gorge that supplied pack Llamas. A guy in my home county raises llamas, harvest the wool and sends it off to someplace in Vt, where it is made into yarn, knitted into socks, and gloves, etc. I guess he is still in business. I have only seen the guy at the annual hunting and fishing show at the civic center.
Pack llamas in New River gorge seems more of a novelty thing to do than something useful. Maybe llamas don’t have the risk of the same pathogen effecting local wildlife as goats. However, a lot of the environmental groups are whackjobs that whine about everything. Several of them come here, from out of state, all the time to protest coal mining. But they don’t walk here and camp out in summer heat. If they did they would have more credibility. They fly in or drive in and stay in a/c hotel rooms with all the conveniences provided at the flip a power switch. Taking advantage of the conveniences provided by the processes they come to protest. Electric power, a/c or heat is only produced by some process that increases entropy. Most people don’t want to return to a seventeenth century existence. That being said, I had been told that if I followed the road that runs past my house west over Mud mountain it eventually come out at the town of Hamlin, (hometown of Gen Chuck Yeager). Several years ago I road my motorcycle to Hamlin on that road. The road is gone in many places passing through the Hobet mining operation, that is quite terrible and disturbing to see up close. I dislike mountain top mining operations as much as they do. It is especially environmentally damaging, and imo better options are available.
Brian. I can’t really say I am an amateur radio op any more because I haven’t set up and operated any of my radios for a long time.
Just renewed my license (WO8W) in Dec. via W5YI. I kept waiting for the new license to arrive in the mail. It didn’t. Called W5YI in Feb. to ask why I hadn’t received it. And learned something new - the FCC stopped issuing printed licenses four years ago. You have to go to an FCC website, find and download a pdf file of the license. I do have a few radios that would work well for pedestrian mobile ops. Yaesu FT-817, Icom 703 and SGC 2020 ADSP. Purchased some Powerwerx Anderson wp30-10 powerpoles and wire 3 years ago to make nice power cables that would make it easy to switch between using any of the radios, but never got round to assembling them. I mostly prefer qrp cw ops. Never cared to much for chatting with a microphone or the various digital modes. Preferring personal brain skill over electronic gadget decoding. But I was never very good at copying morse code in noisy outdoors locations. I was just getting to the point where I could hear and copy whole words, rather than individual letters, sitting at a nice quiet table, at about 18 wpm when it was sent with good rhythm, then other facets of life pushed ham radio off my priority list. I’m quite rusty at it now. I have Blackcat Morse Mania app on my iPad & iMac, and fire it up now and again as an easy way to try to gain back some competence.
I haven’t played with ham radio or shortwave listening for so long I wasn’t sure if the old “spy numbers” stations were still operating till I looked it up. The morse codes one were good at honing copying skills. Seems they’re still a going thing.
Anyway, I think this has drifted too far away from tenkara in the back country. A really stiff tenkara rod with light enough wire might make an ok high band wire antenna support. Fish during the day, do ham ops in the evening by the camp fire. But I think I would only try it with a cheap pole I wouldn’t be upset about if it broke.