Category: Portable and POTA

Operating portable out of K0PIR’s mobile ham shack. portable operation is fun.

Parks on the Air® (POTA) started in early 2017 when the ARRL’s National Parks on the Air special event ended. A group of volunteers wanted to continue the fun beyond the one-year event, and thus, POTA was born.

General information about the program is available at parksontheair.com, so we highly recommend checking out the information there. You may also want to join the POTA Slack Channel or the POTA Facebook group, where you can easily interact with the POTA community online. POTA also maintains accounts on Twitter and Mastodon if you prefer to interact on those social media platforms.

Once you’re ready to start, just remember that the golden rules of POTA are to have fun and keep it simple. We want to give you as much flexibility as possible, to have fun your way.

Getting started with POTA can happen via one of two paths — as an “activator” who heads out into the parks or as a “hunter” who is trying to contact someone in a park. The easiest way to participate in POTA is as a hunter, so we’ll start there.

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POTA Gulf Islands National Seashore and Fort Pickens

I thoroughly enjoyed my POTA Gulf Islands National Seashore experience. Recently I activated Gulf Islands National Seashore (K-0661) from Fort Pickens Campground in Florida. What a beautiful spot for operating Ham radio! The Gulf Islands National Seashore and Fort Pickens...

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