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TR09 Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail Activated Near Pierre For NPOTA

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.

20160118_153114I 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.

20160118_153040With my laptop, HRD logbook and Icom IC 7000 I logged 155 contacts.

 

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.

Reference:
ARRL National Parks on the Air
NPOTA 2016 – ARRL
Lewis & Clark Nat’l Historic Trail

73 and good DX – Rich, K0PIR

Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon

I was reading  a discussion post on the Internet the other day and was wondering just how Hams helped out at the Boston Marathon. Here’s the answer:

As has happened many times in years past, over 200 Amateur Radio operators participated in communications for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Unlike prior challenging situations such as very warm weather for the runners or other weather-related challenges, this year’s marathon will be remembered for the bombings that took place at the finish line. Despite this heinous act, professional first responders, medical volunteers from the American Red Cross that staffed the route, and Amateur Radio operators performed magnificently in the face of adversity.

“Within minutes, cell phone systems became overloaded and making phone calls and text messages was difficult. Amateur Radio operators performed communication duties under duress and performed admirably. No Amateur Radio volunteers were injured on the course in this terrible act,” said Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, who is the Amateur Radio Course Communication Coordinator and associated with a consortium of clubs and groups known as Marathon Amateur Radio Communications (MARC). – Read more from the ARRL website by clicking the link below.

via Radio Amateurs Provide Communication Support in Boston Marathon Bombings.

WB5TKA Amateur Radio Station

I ran across this website on one of my searches. It was listed in a Google alert that I have set up. Most of the time I don’t get anything of use from those alerts, but on this occasion it was different. Dan W. Dooley, WB5TKA,  has a very interesting website and I found it fun to read. Below is an except from his home page:

WB5TKA-at-the-controlsWelcome to the WB5TKA Amateur Radio Web site. I hope that you find your visit informative and interesting. Well at the least, it may be amusing!

Since you are here, it’s most likely because you are a amateur (ham) radio operator or, you are at least interested in the hobby.

Hobby? I think that it is that and more. Stay with me now. Somewhere on these pages I hope to make a better distinction between a mere hobby and a passion.

If ham radio is a major passion for you as it is for me, I hope that something here will be interest to you – technical or otherwise. Share your ideas and experiences with me.

If you are unfamiliar with the ham radio, or if you have preconceived ideas about it and about those who enjoy it, stay with me. Perhaps I can share some of the excitement those who enjoy it experience. Perhaps I can also dispel some of the negative stereotypes. I’ll have a go at it, at least.

-Dan W. Dooley, WB5TKA

Read more at WB5TKA Amateur Radio Station.

2013 World Amateur Radio Day — April 18 — Celebrates 100 Years of Disaster Communications

This year marks the 88th anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). To mark this occasion, the IARU and its more than 160 Member Societies will celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18. For many years, the IARU Administrative Council has declared a theme for each World Amateur Radio Day. The theme for 2013 is Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications.

via 2013 World Amateur Radio Day — April 18 — Celebrates 100 Years of Disaster Communications.