Parks on the Air

What is Parks on the Air?

Parks on the Air (POTA) is a program that was born out of the ARRL's National Parks on the Air Event in 2016. Since then it has spread to become an everyday occurrence. Points can be awarded for those who activate from a national or state park and those who hunt these activations also receive points and awards.

Members of the W4TRC radio club participate in POTA as both Activators and Hunters. The club will regularly go out as a group to activate different parks in the area. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us as we activate different parks - you do not need to be a club member to participate! 

Activators must set up in a registered POTA location. (Visit for a list and map of locations) A successful activation consists at least 10 contacts. These contacts can be made on any band or mode of operation (except for terrestrial repeaters). 

To learn more, you can visit, or reach out to the W4TRC POTA Coordinator, Stephen Hamby (KO4TDK). 


POTA Reports

Contacts Made
Countries Contacted

Upcoming POTA/SOTA Events

DateNameTypePOTA Park NumberSOTA Summit NumberLocationDistanceSummit PointsNotes
June 4, 2022Roan High KnobPOTA/SOTAK-2972W4T/SU-00536.1046, -82.12241 Hr 19 Min Drive (60.9 Miles) from Kingsport10Approx 1.5 Mile HIke from Parking Area to the Summit for activation. Not sure if Roan Mountain also dips into Cherokee National forest or any other parks besides K-2972.
July 2, 2022Watauga River Bluffs State Natural AreaPOTAK-6278N/A36.3651, -82.297636 Min Drive (27.3 Miles) from KingsportN/AApprox 1/2 Mile HIke to Watauga River bank, where there is a picnic table suitable for operation. Also possible to operate from Parking Lot
August 6, 2022Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail & Appalachian TrailPOTA K-4577
N/A36.1429, -82.232950 Min Drive (42.9 Miles) from KingsportN/ADrive up and operate on smaller side road or pull-off. Combination of where Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail meets AT.
September 3, 2022Pinnacle MountainPOTA/SOTAK-4525W4T/SU-05836.2173, -82.3706971 hr 5 Min Drive (37.0 Miles) from Kingsport8Combination of Pinnacle Mountain SOTA Activation, as well as Cherokee National Forest POTA Activation. You can drive right up to the summit on this one and operate just outside of your vehicle
October 1, 2022Sycamore Shoals State ParkPOTAK-2979N/A36.3429, -82.254936 Min Drive (29.8 Miles) from KingsportN/ADrive right up and operate either in parking lot or in nearby shelter or other area.
November 5, 2022Martin's Fork State Natural AreaPOTAK-7969N/A36.6978, -83.39251 hr 36 Min Drive (72.5 Miles) from KingsportN/AVery remote park. Has never been activated before. Will require parking and hauling gear on limited paths to operating area near Martins Fork River. Limited cell service in area.
December 3, 2022Peter's KnobSOTAN/AW4K/EC-02436.8915, -83.44961 hr 56 min (84.3 miles) from Kingsport8Very remote strip mine mountain stop. Has never been activated for. Can operate next to vehicle. Limited Cell service in area. Requires 4x4. Not sure on permissions for getting on top of this mountain.