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How Do You POTA?

Discussion in 'Videos and Podcasts' started by NW9F, Jul 31, 2020.

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  1. NW9F

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    A quick video on what I bring with me to activate a park.

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  2. KB4HVO

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    Hi, this is Robert KB4HVO I have heard a little bit about POTA. Can you please tell me what is POTA and how does it work. Is this only done at certain times of the year? If someone has already activated a park, can you come behind them and activate the park again? Sorry if I sound dumb but sounds like it may be fun if I can hit parks each week or so. Is there some kind of form that you must turn in to someone for credit?
  3. W2ASC

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    Hello Robert,

    POTA's website is, and has all sorts of information regarding the program. I started activating parks last year, and I really enjoy it. The activator (the person operating from the park) submits his log to a regional coordinator (listed on the above website). The chasers (those operating from any location other than a park) get credit based on the activator's log submission; chasers do not submit logs themselves.

    It is done all year round and there is no limit to how many times a park can be activated. However, only state and national parks are eligible. Thus, you cannot just go activate your local playground, or county-run or municipal park. There is an interactive map and full list of the thousands of eligible parks on the web site. I took a look and it appears there are a number of eligible parks not too far from your QTH.

    It's great to operate outdoors in nature and, if you enjoy building and experimenting with various antennas as I do, that makes it even more enjoyable.

    Hope to hear you on the air (from a park or otherwise) sometime.


  4. KB4HVO

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    Thanks for the info Tony, this sounds like something I would like to try. I'm not sure if I understand the job of the chaser. How many times can you use the chaser as a contact.

  5. W4SEX

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    Thanks for the video. Next one use a light near the camera shining towards you to illuminate your face and the items you are holding up. A clip-on mic would eliminate the hollow sound of the audio too. I have yet to do a POTA and can't seem to get any local hams to even take me along with them to watch.
  6. K8ERV

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    I use a toilet

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  7. W2ASC

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    Chaser contacts count once per park per day.
  8. KG5THG

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    A friend and I used a screened shelter in a state park once to activate a state park and also participate in a feld hell contest the same weekend. Lot of fun. We had a lot more camping gear then radio gear by far.
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  9. KK9W

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    I use my truck cab as my shack. I can either mount a mobile HF vertical to the Breedlove mount in the bed of the truck or connect coax to it and run any other antenna I bring along. I have an LDG 100 Pro II mounted in the truck to keep the 891A happy if need be.

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  10. AE0Q

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    Park chasers are people at home that "collect" contacts with parks around the world ! You can work the same chaser any time you activate a park. There are Parks On The Air (POTA) awards for contacting the same park multiple times. Also for contacting different parks, starting at 10.

    And you can activate the same park as many times as you like, there's always someone out there that hasn't yet contacted the park you're at. It's fun, check out the POTA site for information:

    73 - Glenn AE0Q

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