This was a busy weekend. Two hamfests and two POTA parks in two days. First hitting Ham Radio Outlet’s Superfest on Saturday and then beeline to Belvidere Illinois, near Rockford, for the Chicago FM Club’s Radio Expo. To make driving easy, we took off Friday afternoon and drove towards Milwaukee, spending the night at the Kettle Moraine State Forest (POTA K-4352)

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Dutch Oven Pizza
Cold ferment dough (make a day ahead)
240 g all purpose flour (King Arthur AP)
170 g water
1/2 tsp yeast
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp olive oil

Mix dough ingredients with rubber splatula, and then knead by pulling and folding dough four times every 15 minutes over a one hour period. The dough should become quite elastic during this time period. Place in refrigerator and let ferment overnight.

Take out dough 1-2 hours before cooking to warm and rise slightly. Work dough into a 12 inch circle on parchment paper. Add sauce, cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, etc.

Place in 425 degree dutch oven. Turn oven halfway through cooking process to reduce hot spots on the bottom. Cook for 20-25 minutes until done.

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00:00 Introduction
00:51 20 meter activation of Kettle Moraine State Forest
08:18 Dutch Oven Pizza and FT8
09:14 Two Hamfests in two days
10:08 Ham Radio Outlet Superfest
11:10 Meat Sweats
11:42 20 meter activation of Havenwoods State Forest
14:35 K-5579 activation recap
15:39 Camping at Radio Expo
16:16 Radio Expo hamfest
17:57 Thank you to the Ham Radio Outdoors community