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www.parksontheair.com Parks On The Air - POTA POTA is a 501(c)3 radiosport program that encourages communications to and portable operations from state, provincial and nationally managed public lands

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1 Parks On The Air www.parksontheai
Parks On The Air www.parksontheair.com Parks On The Air - POTA POTA is a 501(c)3 radiosport program that encourages communications to and portable operations from state, provincial and nationally managed public lands. POTA has a large set of references and a

2 short set of rules. We welcome you to
short set of rules. We welcome you to join us as an activator, chaser or both! Who is POTA? POTA started as a small group of USA based dedicated volunteers who created the rules, infrastructure and database. POTA then acquired volunteers to coordinate the call areas

3 and social media. And now POTA is all
and social media. And now POTA is all of us, over 2700 registered users from all over the world and growing every day. How to join the POTA fun! Creating an account is fast and easy. POTA stores no passwords, we authenticate against accounts you already have. Select

4 the Dashboard/Login link at parksontheai
the Dashboard/Login link at parksontheair.com info@parksontheair.com if you need assistance How does it work for Activators? Choose a reference to put on the air. POTA has over 10,000 locations in USA and Canada. Find a list by state/province and maps at parksonthea

5 ir.com Find these reference maps and mo
ir.com Find these reference maps and more at parksontheair.com US has 5.579 references, Canada has 4,491 Local References Easy to drive to: K- Skyway Fishing Pier State Park K- Terra Ceia State Preserve K- Honeymoon Island State Park K- Madira Brickel Mound Site Island

6 s (with ferry access): K- Caladesi Islan
s (with ferry access): K- Caladesi Island State Park K- Egmont Key State Park Short drive (~1 K- Hillsborough River State ParkK- Little Manatee River State Park K- Lake Manatee State Park K- Myakka River State Park K- Oscar Scherer State Park K- Alafia River State Park Wh

7 at do I need to activate a POTA referenc
at do I need to activate a POTA reference? Amateur radio license Any radio Any portable antenna Portable power or access to AC power Any logger that will export an ADIF A desire to have fun Popular antennas are homebrew wire on a self supporting mast, Wolf River Coils, Alp

8 ha Antennas, SotaBeamsBuddipoleScrewdriv
ha Antennas, SotaBeamsBuddipoleScrewdrivers and many more. How do I activate a POTA reference? Make 10 QSOs on one UTC day while inside the boundaries of the park on any band your privileges allow including WARC bands. Utilize any simplex mode including satellite. No t

9 errestrial repeaters allowed. POTA recom
errestrial repeaters allowed. POTA recommends operating in the General bands but has no specific calling frequencies. There is no specific exchange beyond callsign, although the traditional RST is usually given along with QTH. If you prefer, you do not have to call CQ POT

10 A or announce you are at a park. Log the
A or announce you are at a park. Log the date, time, and band in your favorite logging program and export as an . Submit this ADIF to your call area coordinator along with your call and POTA park number. A good filename example is: -1234.adi How do I call CQ ? On SSB

11 any variation of the following: &3
any variation of the following: &32CTMUQPVJG$KT&3216$This is AA0O activating Park K-On CW we often hear: &3216$0&:0&:--Then put yourself on the POTA Spotter and you will be hunted! Schedule an a

12 ctivation and the CW Reverse Beacon 0G
ctivation and the CW Reverse Beacon 0GVYQTM 4%0 ECPRKEMWR[QWTUKIPCNCPF[QWNNDGautomatically spotted! To get spotted by the RBN, repeat your callsign twice NKMG&3216$9$$:9$$:-

13 - Logging Paper Log Fast Lo
- Logging Paper Log Fast Log Entry https://www.df3cb.com/fle/ Why would you enjoy portable activation? Typically a lower noise floor and very often beautiful views and opportunities for wildlife watching. Every activation has different challenges: terrain,

14 space constraints, weather, accessibilit
space constraints, weather, accessibility. rVUCPQRRQTVWPKV[VQRGTHGEV[QWTRQTVCDNGTCFKQkit, always evolving it to suit your operating style. It makes you a better operator and keeps your skills sharp. You will make

15 friends all over the world You become th
friends all over the world You become the DX! And Hearing 7KDQNVIRUWKHQHZRQH7KDQNVIRUDFWLYDWLQJ7KDQNVIRUWKHSDUNWRSDUN+DYHIXQRXWWKHUH Other reasons

16 people enjoy POTA POTA is accessible.
people enjoy POTA POTA is accessible. There are references near most populated areas, and many you can drive right in. Activators can run rapid-deployment contest-style activations or ragchew from a favorite campground all weekend. POTA accepts logs from any time, if you

17 chased NPOTA you may already have confi
chased NPOTA you may already have confirmed contacts. The POTA stats pages and maps are under continuous development with many more features planned. All modes are welcome. POTA Quotes 327$FRPELQHVHYHU\WKLQJZHORYHWRGR7

18 KLVLVJUHDW,KDY
KLVLVJUHDW,KDYHVHYHUDOVWDWHSDUNVQHDUWKH47+,GLGQWVSHQGPXFKWLPHRXWGRRUVXQWLO327$,HQMR\UHVHDUFKLQJ OHDUQLQJDE

19 RXWWKHSODFHV,FRQ
RXWWKHSODFHV,FRQWDFW Park to Park awards for communications between portable operations at POTA references.Incremental awards, for each level of unique parks activated. Activator Awards RaDAR Awards for rapid deployment activations in a spec

20 ified number of parks in one day Many mo
ified number of parks in one day Many more awards are available Awards for activating the same park many times as a Repeat Offender Activator Awards How does it work for Hunters? Create an account at parksontheair.com Make the QSO & a post a fresh spot if warranted No lo

21 g submission is necessary Check your das
g submission is necessary Check your dashboard for stats at parksontheair.com Tips for Hunting Check the POTA Scheduler for any planned activations Follow our social media for pop-up activations Watch the POTA spotter at http://pota.us Sign up for Slack to receive instan

22 t POTA spots on your phone or desktop Us
t POTA spots on your phone or desktop Use phonetics or QRS if necessary Observe the DX Code of Conduct Spot to the POTA spotter or if you prefer to a cluster with comment: POTA K-1234 (or VE- Why would you enjoy hunting POTA activators? You are helping another amateur to r

23 each their goals rVUCPGCU
each their goals rVUCPGCU[UJQTVEQPVCEV- great for new HF operators. Enjoy the comprehensive stats and awards POTA provides. It requires no log submissions It makes you a better operator and keeps your skills sharp. You will make friends f

24 rom all over world You can hunt as much
rom all over world You can hunt as much or as little as you want, you do not even have to register to play. ;QWECPJGNRVJGCEVKXCVQTUD[TGNC[KPIVJKPIUNKMG[QWJCXGC2CTMVQ2CTMECN

25 NKPIQTD[URQVVKPI
NKPIQTD[URQVVKPIYJGPVJG[35; Or hunting all POTA references in a state or province. Many more awards are available!Incremental awards, for each level of unique parks hunted.Hunter Awards Top Activator Challenges Terrestrial & Solar

26 Wx Gear failure - have field repair kit
Wx Gear failure - have field repair kit and back ups Local QRM - work through it or choose another location Difficult Staff - while rare, it does happen. Always be respectful and follow staff instructions. Unable to self spot - check in on Facebook or Slack with an ETA a

27 nd frequency while you have network/cell
nd frequency while you have network/cellular coverage. Activator Pro Tips Safety first, flag anything that could be a tripping hazard. Have a checklist that you keep updated as your activating evolves Monitor a radio if you are in a place or season where can change rapi

28 dly Keep data you need at your fingertip
dly Keep data you need at your fingertips - POTA reference, county, grid square Leave time to tour the park, and choose the best operating position. Consider band conditions and your battery, TX power and length of activation. Be clear on the rules. Consider park rules,

29 state laws, band plans, and other events
state laws, band plans, and other events you may be able to operate in concert with your activation. Be persistent and flexible! My equipment Yaesu FT-891 transceiver (100W, no tuner) in Harbor Freight case 15Ah Bioenno LiFePo4 battery (also have 12Ah and 7Ah AGM) Spiderb

30 eam 12m telescoping mast SSB Resonant An
eam 12m telescoping mast SSB Resonant Antennas: 20m speaker wire dipole 40m vertical with elevated radials, also made from 14ga speaker wire 50ft RG-8X coax Depending on location: 60W solar panel, AGM solar controller, inline power meter, headphones, laptop, antenna analyz

31 er, folding table Activate from a picni
er, folding table Activate from a picnic table Thom W8TAM K-Ionia Rec Area Michigan Pat AA0O K-St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge St Marks Lighthouse Florida Activate a beach, using a chair as a table Or bring your own table! Pat AA0O K-Tioga State Forest Pennsylvan

32 ia Activate while camping! Pat AA0O K-4
ia Activate while camping! Pat AA0O K-4470 Apalachicola Nation Forest, Florida Activate from your vehicle! Brian K0ATZ K-Cherokee Landing State Park, Oklahoma Or setup your own antenna farm while boondocking in the desert! Kent K7CAR K-Lake Mead Rec Area Nevada My f

33 irst activation Pat AA0O K-Skyway Fishi
irst activation Pat AA0O K-Skyway Fishing Pier State Park Florida $OWKRXJKWKH\UHDZHVRPHFRXQW\SDUNVGRQWFRXQWIRU327$Pat AA0O Fort Desoto Florida Activate as a group W4E special event station (N1COR, AA0

34 O, W4MMY, WU2F) Florida State Parks on t
O, W4MMY, WU2F) Florida State Parks on the Air K-Egmont Key State Park Florida Mast with staked rope tripod Pat AA0O K-Little Manatee RiverState Florida Wolf River Coil antenna Justin Sligh KN4MQR -1843 Bulow Creek State Park Florida Get more POTA fun on our Social Me

35 dia POTA on Facebook is a fun and busy g
dia POTA on Facebook is a fun and busy group with both hunters and activators. We share beautiful pictures, personal stories, recaps, special events, plans and breaking POTA news. POTA is also on Slack for real-time chat, Q&A and tech support. You can subscribe to the

36 #POTASpots Slack channel to get spots t
#POTASpots Slack channel to get spots the instant they are posted! Many activators are also on Twitter and Instagram Other groups WWFF World Wide Flora & Fauna. http://wwff.co/ Florida State Parks on the Air - https://flspota.org/ WCF County Parks on the Air

37  http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-even
 http://arrlwcf.org/wcf-special-events/county-parks--the-air/ Beaches on the Air - https://www.beachesontheair.com/ Questions? Join the fun! www.parksontheair.com  facebook.com/groups/parksontheair  parksontheair.slack.com  pota.us My Website h