Activating Gulf Islands National Seashore from Fort Pickens Campground

Nestled along the pristine shores of the Gulf of Mexico lies a hidden gem for nature lovers and amateur radio enthusiasts alike. The Gulf Islands National Seashore, with its stunning beaches, diverse wildlife, and rich history, is not only a paradise for outdoor adventurers but also a prime location for activating Parks On The Air in Ham Radio. Join Mr. B. and I as we explore the unique opportunities and challenges of setting up a radio station in this picturesque location, and discover why Gulf Islands is a must-visit destination for park activations.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore

The Gulf Islands National Seashore is a breathtaking stretch of protected coastline that extends across the Florida Panhandle and parts of Mississippi. Known for its pristine beaches, sand dunes, and warm, crystal-clear waters, it is a popular destination for nature lovers, hikers, and those seeking a tranquil escape. The area is brimming with diverse wildlife and is home to a variety of bird species, making it a paradise for bird watchers. It also contains historic sites, such as old forts and other remnants from the colonial era. The Gulf Islands National Seashore offers a unique combination of natural beauty and rich history, providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.

Activating Park K-0661

Pulling a camper wherever you go makes things easy. I simply used my Icom 7300 and a Hi-Q mobile antenna, which I have mounted permanently on the rear of my camper. It operates FB! This campground doesn't offer much space for hanging antennas, but the Hi-Q managed to do the trick.

This was my second visit to Fort Pickens and Gulf Islands National Seashore, I found myself wishing I could spend more time there. Perhaps on my next trip, I will be able to.

I made a total of 126 QSOs, most using SSB.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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John Boedeker
3 months ago

You CoPilot is very playful and friendly. LOL Love your videos. Thanks my friend 73

Gregory Burrows
3 months ago

I am not a active as I used to be. My Elecraft KX3 has been sitting idle for too long a time. I even upgraded it to include the 2-meter band. Many years ago we used to travel with a Winnebago RV, but got rid of it before it was going to depreciate to zero. Now I spend all of my “extra time” trimming wild bushes along the edges of my yard or mowing our oversize front lawn of around 10 acres as well as weeding a vegetable garden which will be planted in the next few weeks or so (as soon as it stops snowing !. Today we sat watching the weather change from rain to snow, to graupel to fog all within a period of only 15 to 30 minutes. But that is Spring in South/Central New York. At least it helps keep my Jeep clean from Winter grime.

Enjoy the weather where you are. 73’s.

a.k.a. the Savage

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