First POTA activation... This is going to be fun

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K5ATA, Jan 14, 2020.

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  1. K5ATA

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    My wife and I activated our first park last weekend for Parks on the Air. It was great fun, and a great learning experience. Getting out away from your normal operating location and working stations really makes one think about what you have, what you brought, and what you forgot. Either way, it was a blast and we will try activating another park next weekend. Looking forward to working more folks from more parks. We made a YouTube of it.

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  2. KA4DPO

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    Great idea, I'll wait till summer.
  3. K5ATA

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    Yeah, winter has not been very wintery, so we decided to give it a go. Can't wait to take the camper this summer and hit more, but I'll take mild weather for the moment.
  4. WB2WIK

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    I prefer a BOTA activation (Bars On The Air).

    Here's a shot of one recent activation. Everyone looking at the new thin Baofeng while working a station on 2m FM.:):p
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  5. K5ATA

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    HA! I guess we could come up with a lot of OTA events!
  6. N9RVB

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    I've done two POTA activations. Really enjoyed it.

    My old Yaesu ft-890 couldn't handle life as a "field" radio and it died. I bought a new Kenwood TS-590sg to replace it, and really don't want to drag it around. I hope to pick up something more for portable use this summer and get back into it. For now, I just "hunt" when I can!

    BOTA sounds like a fun activity also! :)

  7. VK4HAT

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    Congrats. I used to do a fair bit of WWFF, its like puta but for the rest of the world. Going portable is a lot of fun and portable for an award scheme makes it even better.
  8. K5ATA

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    Yeah, I liked using the TS-480 on this one... but see myself wanting something that is one unit, not with a detached face. Either way, I look forward to activating more parks.
  9. K5ATA

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    WWFF? Hmmm... I have something to read up about! Yeah, going portable is fun.... I look forward to doing more of it
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  10. KY5U

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    I am looking to activate the first porta-potty on the air (PPOTA) this coming weekend from the Pensacola Sanitation Exposition...

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