Bays Mountain Park
Bays Mountain Park

Report

On Saturday, January 15th, we had our first official Parks on the Air (POTA) activation of the KARC Amateur Radio Club. The activation was held at the upper parking lot of Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN. While the weather was a little chili, we had a great time making contacts and were able to make approx. 50-80 contacts over the course of an hour or two. 

General Information

    • Date: Saturday, January 16th, 2022
    • Time: 17:22Z - 18:47Z (12:22PM - 1:47PM EST) 
    • Equipment Used: 
    • N4JHC & KO4TDK: ICOM 7300, Wolf River Coils TIA Mega Pod Antenna, 100W Output
    • W4GAJ: Yaesu FT-891 with Chameleon MPAS 2.0 in Vertical Config
    • N4CRS: Elecraft KX2 QRP

  • Contacts Made: 133 Contacts with 73 Distinct Stations. Farthest Contact: EA1AF in Palencia, Spain (4,047 Miles) by W4GAJ, N4JHC, AND KO4TDK.

Photos

Activation Map

Activation Log

OperatorFrequencyTime (Zulu)StationSignal Report SentSignal Report Received
W4GAJ7.2781710ZKK4WX5959
W4GAJ7.2821719ZKN4SWS5959
N4JHC14.3441721ZN5SLY5957
KO4TDK14.3441722ZN5SLY5957
N4JHC14.311723ZKC1ISI5556
W4GAJ7.1951723ZW4G5959
KO4TDK14.311724ZKC1ISI5556
N4JHC14.2581728ZKN4SWS5959
KO4TDK14.2581729ZKN4SWS5959
W4GAJ7.241736ZW9AFB5459
N4JHC14.2451736ZWB4UBK5955
KO4TDK14.2451737ZWB4UBK5957
W4GAJ7.241737ZK1SJSJ5959
W4GAJ7.241738ZWB8UBR5759
W4GAJ7.241738ZKK4ADQ5959
W4GAJ7.241739ZWC3N5959
W4GAJ7.241740ZKE8ONI4458
W4GAJ7.241741ZKX4BI5555
W4GAJ7.241741ZKX4BI5555
W4GAJ7.241742ZWW4PM5959
W4GAJ7.241742ZAB8LL5759
W4GAJ7.241743ZW8JDE5557
KO4TDK14.311743ZCU3HY5933
W4GAJ7.241743ZKC3OP5759
N4JHC14.311743ZCU3HY4333
KO4TDK14.311744ZWB9FXQ5959
W4GAJ7.241744ZKN4DFO5759
N4JHC14.311744ZWB9FXQ5959
W4GAJ7.241744ZN3AZZ5557
KO4TDK14.311745ZKD4KZZ5959
N4JHC14.311745ZKD4KZZ5959
N4JHC14.311746ZWI9SSR5959
KO4TDK14.311746ZWI9SSR5959
KO4TDK14.311747ZN2TRX5959
N4JHC14.311747ZKF5ZPL5659
KO4TDK14.311747ZKF5ZPL5659
W4GAJ7.241747ZW2SUZ5959
W4GAJ7.241747ZKD2UBZ4459
N4JHC14.311748ZN2TRX5959
W4GAJ7.241748ZKO4LMK5559
N4JHC14.311749ZK5KDE5759
KO4TDK14.311749ZK5KDE5759
KO4TDK14.311751ZCU3BL5959
N4JHC14.311751ZCU3BL5959
N4JHC14.311751ZNR1D5956
KO4TDK14.311752ZNR1D5956
N4JHC14.311752ZW9MSL5959
KO4TDK14.311752ZW9MSL5959
KO4TDK14.311753ZKA9GOU5959
N4JHC14.311753ZKA9GOU5959
N4JHC14.311754ZWY1U5959
KO4TDK14.311754ZWY1U5959
W4GAJ7.1871755ZW3LOU5555
N4JHC14.311755ZW7RTA3343
KO4TDK14.311756ZW7RTA3343
KO4TDK14.311756ZW5URX5959
N4JHC14.311756ZW5URX5959
N4JHC14.311757ZWA2SCB5959
KO4TDK14.311757ZWA2SCB5959
KO4TDK14.311758ZK1YAN5959
N4JHC14.311758ZK1YAN5959
N4JHC14.311759ZW5JCC5959
KO4TDK14.311759ZW5JCC5959
N4JHC14.311800ZKM7OH5959
KO4TDK14.311800ZKM7OH5957
N4JHC14.311801ZN4CPR5959
N4JHC14.311802ZK1KL5955
N4JHC14.311802ZW5NXK5959
KO4TDK14.311802ZW5NXK5959
KO4TDK14.311803ZK1KL5955
KO4TDK14.311804ZEA1AF5753
N4JHC14.311805ZEA1AF5753
KO4TDK14.311806ZKE0EP5959
W4GAJ14.311806ZEA1AF5555
N4JHC14.311806ZW4BUS5959
KO4TDK14.311806ZW4BUS5959
N4JHC14.311807ZKE0EP5959
N4JHC14.311808ZKD0YSD5957
KO4TDK14.311808ZKD0YSD5957
KO4TDK14.311809ZN0RMC5959
KO4TDK14.311809ZW7WGC5554
N4JHC14.311809ZW7WGC5554
N4JHC14.311810ZN0RMC5959
N4JHC14.311811ZK0KWH5553
KO4TDK14.311811ZK0KWH5553
KO4TDK14.311812ZN5ZQ5856
N4JHC14.311812ZN5ZQ5856
KO4TDK14.311812ZKB0MPV5955
N4JHC14.311813ZKD0HPC5553
N4JHC14.311813ZKB0MPV5955
KO4TDK14.311813ZKD0HPC5553
KO4TDK14.311814ZVE4QZ5757
N4JHC14.311815ZVE4QZ5757
KO4TDK14.311816ZVE1SK5954
N4JHC14.311816ZVE1SK5954
KO4TDK14.311818ZW5LIC5553
W4GAJ14.311818ZVE1SK5959
N4JHC14.311818ZW5LIC5553
KO4TDK14.311819ZN5SLY5957
N4JHC14.311820ZKW7E5955
KO4TDK14.311820ZWD5ENH5955
KO4TDK14.311820ZKW7E5956
N4JHC14.311821ZWD5ENH5959
KO4TDK14.311822ZKB1OWO5545
N4JHC14.311822ZN0YO5959
KO4TDK14.311822ZN0YO5959
N4JHC14.311823ZKB1OWO5545
W4GAJ14.311823ZKB1OWO5555
W4GAJ14.311825ZKI5QMH5959
N4JHC14.311825ZKI5QMH4459
KO4TDK14.311825ZKI5QMH4459
KO4TDK14.311826ZN0RZ5959
N4JHC14.311826ZN0RZ5959
W4GAJ14.311827ZN4VRZ5959
KO4TDK14.311827ZN4VRZ5957
KO4TDK14.311827ZAA5HH5959
N4JHC14.311827ZN4VRZ5959
W4GAJ14.311827ZN0RZ5959
W4GAJ14.311828ZAA5HH5959
N4JHC14.311828ZAA5HH5959
N4JHC14.2461831ZK8MRD5757
KO4TDK14.2461832ZK8MRD5757
W4GAJ14.2461833ZK8MRD5959
N4JHC146.521838ZKA4ICK4359
KO4TDK146.521838ZKA4ICK4359
KO4TDK146.521839ZWX4ET5759
N4JHC146.521840ZWX4ET5759
N4JHC146.521841ZK4AVT5959
KO4TDK146.521841ZK4AVT5759
N4JHC146.521843ZN4CSG4455
KO4TDK146.521847ZKW4AG4359
W4GAJ14.312328ZW7JSF5959

After Action Report

Overall, we had a very successful activation, especially considering this was our first "official" POTA/SOTA Activation for the KARC Radio Club for 2022. There are a couple minor improvement opportunities we can use to make our next activation even more successful. 


Strengths:

  • Bringing multiple radios/rigs/antennas ensures there are plenty of backups available for the activation
  • Operating a single radio with multiple (two) operators was easy to execute and seemed to help drive traffic. Having each operator keep separate logs was also useful, since if someone steps away, additional log notes do not need to be added
  • Meeting up for breakfast beforehand was a good way to get everyone together and establish a plan before heading to the activation area
  • Leveraging the band-pass filters (such as those supplied by N4JHC) helped allow simultaneous operation of two bands (40m and 20m) without interference

Improvement Opportunities:
  • Trying to operate multiple rigs on a single band was difficult or impossible due to significant interference with antennas approx. 20 ft distant from one another
  • Take the time to ensure access to area is planned and established ahead of time
  • Be sure to bring additional non-radio items, including cold-weather gear (hats, gloves), folding chairs, folding tables, etc. 
  • Put together game plan for who will operate what / on what frequencies / with who else before starting to make contacts / call CQ. It's difficult to make changes once a pileup is established.

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