Dennis R. Blanchard

Alan Roddy, President, Appalachian Trail Club of Florida:

Dennis tells us a quirky but endearing and ultimately inspiring tale, about not only the daily challenges that the Appalachian Trail throws down for hikers, but also the unexpected challenges of a life-threatening heart condition, and how he overcame both with the same persistence and positive outlook.  Along the way we find out just what to do when a bear visits us in the shower.  “

Grace Tyner, Mountain Marching Moma’s:

End-to-end Appalachian Trail hiker  and radio amateur, K1YPP, Dennis Blanchard, a real ham, never had to use that SOS signal in spite of daunting medical problems.  But he did contact many radio operators using his homemade radio fragrantly stored in a mint tin.    No cell phones for this electronics engineer who was often mistaken for Santa Claus minus the little round belly – he was always hungry!   
This was no “walk in the woods.”   
Dennis tells of his many encounters with wild life on his 2,175 mile hike – even with exciting “bare” facts. 

What a page turner, especially if you are a hiker, but entertaining and educational for all.  Just makes you want to put on those boots to experience again the hike of a lifetime.

Photography Description
The photo viewer runs automatically and displays a photo every 5 seconds. Press "Stop" to view an individual photograph. Press "Next," "Prev," or "Start" to continue. At this time there are apporximately 160 photographs in a somewhat chronological order from Springer Mountain Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. This follows the path taken in the book, Three Hundred Zeroes.
Eventually, the user will be able to click on any photo and be taken to a page that will offer more detail about the particular photograph, but at this time that function only works for the first twenty photographs.


Dennis Blanchard was born in Bristol, Connecticut. He and his wife Jane moved to New Hampshire in 1980 where he has climbed thirty 4000-foot mountains, biked the trails and enjoyed the wilderness.  Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, Dennis was always aware of the seductive siren’s call to hike it. Dennis is an electronics engineer who has freelanced for amateur radio, technical and motorcycle adventure magazines. He now lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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Magazine Articles
QST Magazine
(Must be member of ARRL to download)
Jun, 1965: Incentive Reactions
Feb 1984: Seventy-Three OM
Jul, 1988: QRP Motorcycle DXpedition
Jul, 1995:Tuning your 6-Meter J-Pole
Jul, 1995: Build a Weatherproof PVC 6 Meter J-Pole Antenna
Jan, 1997: Mathcad 6.0 versus Excel V 5.0 and Complex Numbers
Mar, 2010: An Appalachian Journey (not available for download yet)

A.T. Journeys  Magazine
May-Jun, 2009: Hiking with Ham

WorldRadio  Magazine
Feb, 2008: How Field Day Broke My Heart

Radio Fun Magazine
Feb, 1995: A closer look at the Twin-Lead Marconi Antenna

American Motorcyclist  Magazine
Jun, 2000: Drawing on Memories

Road Rider Magazine
Winter, 1990: Inuvik, "The Place of Man"

Communications Technology Magazine
Jul, 1996: Cable Modems: Preparing for high-performance surfing

Heath Electronics Magazine
Jul, 1990: Don't Leave Home Without It