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Getting Started with Parks on the Air (POTA) by: Mike Dahlhofer, K8MRD

Interested in amateur radio in the outdoors? Parks on the Air may be just the ticket you are looking for. Topics include:

Module 1: Introduction to the Parks on the Air website
In this module we will take a walk through the POTA website to learn:

  • Where to go and how to sign up for Parks on the Air
  • How to navigate the site
  • Rules and Frequently Asked Questions
  • How to use the Map and find parks near you
Module 2: Radios and Batteries
In this module we take a look at some of the more common radios and batteries that are taken portable such as:
  • QRP vs. QRO radios
  • LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) vs. Lead Acid batteries
  • Go Box configurations
  • Battery Boxes
Module 3: Antennas and antenna deployment
In this module we take a look at some different types of antennas as well as how to deploy them.
  • Vertical Antennas
  • Wire Antennas
  • Telescopic mast deployment
  • Getting a wire antenna into a tree
  • Guying ground mounted antennas
Module 4: Activating and Logging
In this module we are ready to activate a park. Come along on a real activation and learn such things as:
  • How to call CQ Parks on the Air
  • Spotting yourself on the Parks on the Air website
  • Logging your contacts
  • Uploading your contacts to the Parks on the Air website
Presented by: Mike Dahlhofer, K8MRD