Natural Tunnel State Park
Natural Tunnel State Park

Report

This month, we held our Parks on the Air (POTA) activation at Natural Tunnel State Park in Virginia. We set up two different rigs and antennas and operated from the Picnic Table area while operating primarily from 20m and 40m. Despite only having a couple activators, we made well over 100 contacts, including a few DX contacts  into Canada. The W4TRC Radio Club was also hosting a SOTA activation, and we made contact with one of the SOTA operators as well as W4GAJ while he operated in a “threefer” park. 

General Information

    • Date: Saturday, April 23rd, 2022
    • Time: 15:18Z - 18:11Z (11:18 - 14:11 EST) 
    • Equipment Used: 
    • N4JHC: ICOM 7300, Wolf River Coils TIA Mega Pod Antenna, 100W Output
    • KO4TDK: Yaesu FT-991A, Buddistick Pro Antenna, 100W Output 
  • Contacts Made: 136 Contacts with 116 Distinct Stations. Farthest Contact: KJ7FPD in California by N4JHC

Photos

Activation Map

Activation Log

OperatorFrequencyTime (Zulu)StationSignal Report SentSignal Report Received
KO4TDK7.2201518N4EE5955
N4JHC14.3351520KK1TLS5858
KO4TDK7.2191522KG4WXU5959
KO4TDK7.2191522AB4KN5959
KO4TDK7.2191523KC3QCW5959
KO4TDK7.2191525AD0BC5932
KO4TDK7.2191525KD8ILV5958
KO4TDK7.2191526K9ICP5957
KO4TDK7.2191527KC3GUU5357
N4JHC14.2721527W9NWY5959
KO4TDK7.2191528W5LMY5957
KO4TDK7.2191529KK4ADQ5959
KO4TDK7.2191529N3RCW5959
KO4TDK7.2191530WJ8L5959
KO4TDK7.2191530NO3K5959
N4JHC14.2721530AA3C5555
KO4TDK7.2191531WB8JAY5944
KO4TDK7.2191532KB5AG5957
KO4TDK7.2191533KB9JQU5953
KO4TDK7.2191534W4BOC5959
KO4TDK7.2191534WG8X5959
N4JHC14.2721534WD5RP5958
KO4TDK7.2191535KO4SXH5959
KO4TDK7.2191536KE8UFS5955
N4JHC14.2721536KI5PPY5357
KO4TDK7.2191537KK4BSA5959
KO4TDK7.2191538W4BAX5959
KO4TDK7.2191538N9DPR5959
N4JHC14.2721538AE4LH5957
KO4TDK7.1781550KB8DX5959
N4JHC14.3401551WX1S5555
KO4TDK7.2251554WC8VOA5959
N4JHC14.3441555VE2MXU5955
KO4TDK7.2251556KE8PZN5959
N4JHC14.3441558VE3DZG4445
KO4TDK7.2661559KK4DAS5954
N4JHC14.3441559W4BUS5957
N4JHC14.3441601KZ9W5757
KO4TDK7.2681602AD0WN5555
N4JHC14.3441602KJ7NXV4246
N4JHC14.3441602WS8O5959
N4JHC14.3441603K1CWB5757
KO4TDK7.2771604KU8V5533
N4JHC14.3441605KO4TYM3159
N4JHC14.3441605AJ4EO4459
N4JHC14.3441606KC9YDV5956
N4JHC14.3441607KI5DYI5959
KO4TDK7.1821608K3FH5555
N4JHC14.3441608KG5LBC4431
N4JHC14.3441609KW7E3355
N4JHC14.3441610KE5TC5957
N4JHC14.3441611KI5JWS5758
KO4TDK7.2151615K3PPP5959
KO4TDK7.2151615KC3PPL5959
KO4TDK7.2481647N9TTK5959
KO4TDK7.1781650W3ALG5944
KO4TDK7.2041700KC3WJM5959
KO4TDK7.1981705K3SLH5953
N4JHC14.2201706W4GAJ4254
N4JHC14.2201706W4GAJ4254
N4JHC14.2201706W4GAJ4254
KO4TDK14.2201707W4GAJ4254
KO4TDK14.2201707W4GAJ4254
KO4TDK14.2201707W4GAJ4254
KO4TDK7.2311710NM9L5559
KO4TDK7.2271713KY4IZ5959
KO4TDK7.2271713W8LXJ5959
KO4TDK7.2271713N3XLS5533
KO4TDK7.2271714KD4BVG5959
KO4TDK7.2271715KB0SOX5959
KO4TDK7.2271715WO4ROG5959
N4JHC14.2891715W5LST5758
N4JHC14.2891715W5LST5758
N4JHC14.2891715W5LST5758
N4JHC14.2891715W5LST5758
N4JHC14.2891715W5LST5758
KO4TDK7.2271716KN4XJ5959
KO4TDK7.2271716WV8RKL5959
N4JHC14.2891716KI5BMT5758
N4JHC14.2891716KI5BMT5758
N4JHC14.2891716KI5BMT5758
N4JHC14.2891716KI5BMT5758
N4JHC14.2891716KI5BMT5758
KO4TDK7.2271718W4CCH5953
KO4TDK7.2271718W4NDK5955
KO4TDK7.2271719NE4TN5957
KO4TDK7.2271720W3NRH5959
KO4TDK7.2271720KN4GUS5959
KO4TDK7.2271721W3JTB5959
N4JHC5.3571722KO4DCD4458
KO4TDK5.3571724KO4DCD5959
KO4TDK7.2251726KE8ONI5959
KO4TDK7.2251727KT8EMA5959
N4JHC14.2221729N1ET4457
N4JHC14.3431734WE4DX5959
N4JHC14.3481735AB2SG4257
KO4TDK7.1991736KC3MSE5353
N4JHC14.2561743KF0HCN5959
N4JHC14.2561744AA1F5959
N4JHC7.1991748KC3MSE4255
N4JHC7.2681751AD0WN5555
KO4TDK14.2331752VA3QV5959
KO4TDK14.2331754KO4FHS5959
KO4TDK14.2331754N0SPN5958
KO4TDK14.2331755NI0P5955
KO4TDK14.2331755KJ7DT5953
KO4TDK14.2331756AA3C5955
N4JHC7.2241756W8ZX3159
KO4TDK14.2331757KE0RIZ5958
KO4TDK14.2331757WA0RIM5959
KO4TDK14.2331758VE1EW5955
KO4TDK14.2331758W5BCA5957
KO4TDK14.2331759WA3RHW/45956
KO4TDK14.2331800AJ5C5957
KO4TDK14.2331800K1RO5959
KO4TDK14.2331801WM4P5959
KO4TDK14.2331801N0YO5959
KO4TDK14.2331802VE3PYJ5959
KO4TDK14.2331802KG5OIB5955
KO4TDK14.2331803KC1BDJ5958
KO4TDK14.2331803W5OZP5959
KO4TDK14.2331804WB2MSB5959
KO4TDK14.2331805N1XH5959
KO4TDK14.2331805N2NFI5959
N4JHC7.2741805WA2SLH5755
N4JHC7.2741805WJ8Y5755
KO4TDK14.2331806KI4HIT5959
KO4TDK14.2331807KG5ZQ5958
KO4TDK14.2331807N5ANY5959
N4JHC7.2741808AD8FL4345
N4JHC7.2741808W4NDK5959
KO4TDK14.2331809N5WSG5559
KO4TDK14.2331810N0SPN5958
KO4TDK14.2331811N1SRD5947
N4JHC18.1271818KJ7FPD4255
N4JHC18.1271818KJ7FPD4255

After Action Report

Overall, we had a great activation, especially considering we only had 2 different radio operators. One of the critical things to include are the bandpass filters that N4JHC was able to bring - this allowed simultaneous transmission between two different radios. 


Strengths:

  • The bandpass filters really help enable operating multiple rigs at once
  • Meeting up for breakfast was a great way to meet folks and ensure everyone was on the same page for heading over to the Park
  • When operating two different rigs, it’s helpful to “swap” bands during the activation. After a simple swap from each rig from 20m to 10m, we were able to make an additional number of contacts when calling CQ. 
  • Trying out different bands (Ie: 60m) was a useful way to try and reach additional contacts 

Improvement Opportunities:
  • Be sure to do some research on required access to the area (Ie: we didn’t discover that we had to have cash for the parking until we arrived. Luckily, one of our activators brought some cash) 
  • Try to obtain RSVP information ahead of time to determine who might be able to attend as an activator ahead of time.
  • Be sure to bring phone chargers, power packs, etc. to keep communication devices ready to go
  • Be clear about the method of communication for folks who may join later on. There may be limited opportunities to access the repeater (we were unable to access the repeater from Natural Tunnel, even with a direction antenna and 50W rig) 

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