Operating POTA with VarAC and How to Call CQ

Understanding the Basics of Operating POTA with VarAC: A Guide to Calling CQ

Calling CQ is one of the most basic and important skills for operating POTA (Activating Parks on the Air). It's the way you let other operators know that you're available to make a contact. With VarAC, it's easy to get started. Here's a quick guide to calling CQ.

First, you'll need to set up your radio. Make sure you have the right frequency and mode selected. You'll also want to adjust your power output and antenna to get the best signal.

Once you're ready, it's time to start calling CQ. See the video below. It is cut up into chapters.

Finally, you'll want to listen for a response. If you don't hear anything after a few minutes, you can try again. You can also try changing bands to see if you can find someone.

Calling CQ is a great way to get started with VarAC. With VarAC, it's easy to get on the air and start making contacts. So get out there and give it a try!

Operating POTA with VarAC: Tips for Making the Most of Your CQ Calls

Are you ready to make the most of your CQ calls with VarAC? Operating POTA (Activating Parks on the Air) with VarAC can be a great way to get out and explore the great outdoors while making contacts with other radio operators. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your CQ calls with VarAC:

1. Use the right frequencies. When you’re operating with VarAC, make sure you’re using the right frequencies and move off the calling frequency to a free slot after calling CQ. This will help you make contacts with other radio operators and avoid interference with other users.

2. Make sure you’re heard. When you’re operating with VarAC use the PSK Reporter button. This will confirm you're getting out and help you make contacts with other radio operators. Adjust your antenna or power if necessary.

3. Listen on a slot before you call CQ. Before you start calling CQ, take some time to listen to the slot.

4. Be patient. When you’re operating POTA with VarAC, be patient. It may take some time to make contacts, so don’t give up if you don’t get a response right away. Stay on the slot for at least 60 seconds after calling CQ on the main frequency.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make the most of your CQ calls with VarAC and have a great time operating POTA. So get out there and start exploring the great outdoors with your radio!


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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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