1 - Prep
Things to do before heading to the field.
Parks On The Air Specific
Get a POTA account set up
Familiarize yourself with the Parks On The Air program rules
Check out the POTA YouTube Becoming an Activator playlist
Scope out your park. Use the website to determine if the park you are interested in is in the POTA program.
Research the park rules and park events.
Do a recon trip or reach out to previous activators.
A successful activation
10 contacts makes for a successful activation
Before going into the field, write the following in your log book: park name, park number, grid square, county, and state.
Alerting and Spotting
Alerting is I’m going to be at this park, I think I’m going to be active during this window (UTC), and I’ll most likely be using these band/mode combination.
Spotting is I’m activating now! Right now, I’m at park #, on frequency, and operating mode.
To post an alert or spot, first open the pota.app website. Then login. Next you will user the hamburger menu to select to add an Activation or a Spot.
- Copy of your FCC License
- Power Source
- Key / Mic
- Logbook and pen or pencil
- Memory keyer
- Long CQ: CQ POTA CQ CQ DE callsign callsign K
- Short CQ: CQ POTA DE callsign K
- End QSO: 72 callsign
- Park Identifier: park identifier
- Coax, cord, throw weight, back pack, mast, tripod, …
- Shade tarp
- Digital audio recorder, camera
- Know your limits - WX, etc
- Food & Water
- Buddy up?
Optional, but recommended
Set up a QSO Map account
Logbook of the World
The ARRL does not have an affiliation with the Parks On The Air program.
POTA does not require Logbook of the World log submissions.
It is a totally optional activity for you.
It does take quite a bit to get LOTW set up. So, why do it? Do it for those hunters that are after you in order to complete ARRL awards. If you are going to use LOTW, take the additional step of creating a location profile for each park you activate.