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 pota.app 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 parksontheair.com, or reach out to the W4TRC POTA Coordinator, Justin Compton (KO4DCD). 

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POTA Reports

Upcoming POTA Events

DateNameTypePOTA Park NumberSOTA Summit NumberLocationDistanceSummit PointsNotes
February 4, 2023Watauga River Bluffs State Natural AreaPOTAK-6278Watauga, TN40 minute driveArriving at part at 10AM with the expectation being on air by 11AM.
March 4, 2023Cherokee National ForestPOTA/SOTAK-4525W4T/SU-038Grindstone Knob, TN1 hour
April 1, 2023Cherokee National ForestPOTA/SOTAK-4525W4T/RV-001Holson High Point, Elizabethton, TN1 hour, 20 minutes10
May 13, 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

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