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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Icom 7300 Portable at Table Rock Lake

Good day Ham friends, shortwave listeners and shut-in’s. I love using my Icom 7300 portable. On my way to Alabama I got to operate at Table Rock Lake in Missouri. It is a park listed in Parks On The Air...

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Road to QuartzFest 2022

Many of you may remember that I had a stroke a little over two years ago and I still suffer from some of the side effects from the stroke. One of the things that is new for me is to...

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Logging While Portable and Operating POTA

Whether you’re just operating portable or Parks On The Air (POTA) you’ll want to read this. So how much trouble is it to setup a new location in TQSL or change locations in the logging software? I have a routine...

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POTA Results View of The Badlands

POTA Results For Badlands National Park I had a terrific time at the Sage Creek campground in the Badlands. It is a primitive camping area and serves as a stop over for many traveling through the area. It’s free, but...

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Devils Tower Parks On The Air K-0920

I wanted to post a summary of this activation, so here it is! Devils Tower Parks on the air (POTA) was my favorite activation and I’ll tell you why below. I also activated Badlands National Park and Buffalo Gap National...