I just wanted to get my feet wet and try this National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) event. After reading alot about it and participating, I understand it a little better now. I had trouble with LOTW and getting the park designation to appear, but after updating the TQSL program everything went smooth.
In TQSL when a new station location is created, it’ll have a field and dropdown list of parks. Select the park you want. This is only done if you are an activator.
I went up to the Oahe Visitor Center on Monday the 18th around 20:00 UTC to work 20 Meters. This location is shown on the Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail, so I operated from the parking lot.
I used a new antenna, the Alpha MOTO, mounted on the roof of my vehicle. I tested it around town and it worked pretty well.
It was cold, but I left the engine running for the 90 minutes or so that I was there.
It was a lot of fun and all of the contacts were glad to hear me on, no one got impatient and I got many, many thanks for the activation. This is why I enjoy ham radio and I’ll be doing another activation soon. Thanks to all who contacted me, it was extremely enjoyable.
73 and good DX – Rich, K0PIR