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, Justin Compton (KO4DCD). 


POTA Reports

Holston High Point Trip Report 2023
By Ron Burns (NR3E) | |
On April Fool's Day of 2023, members of the Kingsport
Grindstone Knob 2023
By Ron Burns (NR3E) | |
On Saturday, March 4, 2023, a group of eleven fine
W4T/RV-002 Trip Report
By Ron Burns (NR3E) | |
Members of the Kingsport Amateur Radio Club met on Saturday,

Upcoming POTA Events

DateNameTypePOTA Park NumberSOTA Summit NumberLocationDistanceSummit PointsNotes
May 20, 2023Southwest Virginia Museum State ParkPOTAK-1320Big Stone Gap, VA45 minutes
June 3, 2023Sycamore Shoals State ParkPOTAK-2979Elizabethton, TN40 minutes
July 1, 2023Natural Tunnel State ParkPOTAK-1309Duffield, VA45 minutes
August 5, 2023Bays Mountain State Natural AreaPOTAK-6234Kingsport, TN10 minutes
September 2, 2023Clinch River State ParkPOTAK-0577St. Paul, VA55 minutes
October 14, 2023POTA/SOTA
November 4, 2023Warriors' Path State ParkPOTAK-2982Kingsport, TN10 minutes
December 9, 2023Kyles Ford Wildlife Management AreaPOTAK-7600Kyles Ford, TN55 minutes