Exploring POTA: Ham Radio Adventures at Wright Lake Campground, Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest

Nestled in the heart of the Apalachicola National Forest (POTA K-4470) in Florida, Wright Lake Campground offers an unparalleled camping experience. This serene location is not just a haven for campers, but also for parks on the air (POTA) enthusiasts. POTA is a program that encourages amateur radio operators to operate portable from designated parks around the world. Wright Lake Campground, with its lush greenery and tranquil surroundings, is an ideal spot for both camping and POTA activities.

Exploring POTA: Ham Radio Adventures at Wright Lake Campground, Florida's Apalachicola National Forest

As you drive into the campground, you're greeted by towering pine trees and a sparkling lake that mirrors the clear blue sky. The campground is well-maintained, with spacious sites that can accommodate both tents and RVs. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and grill, making it perfect for those who love to cook outdoors. The campground also offers clean restrooms and drinking water, ensuring a comfortable stay for all campers.

One of the highlights of camping at Wright Lake Campground is the opportunity to explore the Apalachicola National Forest. This vast wilderness is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including deer, foxes, and a variety of bird species. Hiking trails wind through the forest, offering breathtaking views of the natural landscape. Whether you're an avid hiker or a casual walker, these trails offer something for everyone.

Parks On The Air K-4470

Now, let's talk about POTA. Wright Lake Campground is in a designated POTA site in Apalachicola National Forest (POTA K-4470), making it a popular destination for amateur radio operators. The quiet and peaceful environment is perfect for setting up your portable radio equipment. The lack of urban noise interference makes for excellent radio signal propagation. Whether you're a seasoned operator or a beginner, the POTA experience at Wright Lake Campground is sure to be memorable.

Operating your radio while surrounded by nature adds a unique dimension to the POTA experience. As you operate and take breaks you can enjoy nature.

In total, I made 236 QSOs during my activation of POTA site K-4470 at Wright Lake Campground in Florida's Apalachicola National Forest. I uploaded all of them to the POTA website. Of those QSOs, 79 were CW contacts, and the bulk of the rest were SSB Phone. I found that CW was more challenging, but it was also more fun. I really enjoy working CW, and I think it's a great way to improve my Morse code send and receiving (decoding).

Evenings at Wright Lake Campground are magical. The sunset sky provides a picturesque backdrop for your campsite. Gather around the campfire and enjoy the good company. On a clear night, you might see the Milky Way.

In conclusion, Wright Lake Campground in the Apalachicola National Forest, Florida, offers a unique blend of camping and POTA experiences. Its beautiful surroundings, well-equipped campsites, and status as a designated POTA site make it a must-visit destination for both campers and amateur radio operators. So pack your camping gear, grab your radio equipment, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure at Wright Lake Campground.


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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
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