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Author: Stuart, KB1HQS

SOTA Report: Mt Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine

Summit Information: Summit Name: Mount Katahdin, (W1/AM-001) Location: Baxter State Park, Maine, USA Latitude/Longitude: 45° 54′ 15″ N; 68° 55′ 17″ W Date: August 15th, 2017     Summit Information:                                Points: 10                                County: Piscataquis County                                Grid: FN55MV                                Wx: 82 °F; 13 mph; Partly Sunny   Difficulty Views...

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That time I fought the National Park Police

***Note: all the memes were generated by fellow NPOTA friends During the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event during 2016, I visited many different national parks throughout the US. During one visit, however things got a little out of hand. This is what I posted on the NPOTA facebook group page: de KB1HQS: Heads up to anyone activating in the DC area: Park Po-Po stopped by yesterday as I was finishing up my activation at LBJ Memorial Grove and wanted to know what I was doing. After a polite exchange of an ARRL brochure, FCC and state licenses...

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Sugarloaf Mountain SOTA Demo Follow up Report

Fall has arrived in the mid Atlantic area with mild temperatures to go along with it. The following weekend I did a Parks on the Air (POTA) demo in Rock Creek Park in Washington DC and decided to follow up with a Summits on the Air (SOTA) demo in Maryland. While I have completed several summits from Maine to North Carolina, I decided it was time to offer up my skills as a SOTA activator and help spread the word about this fun outdoor on the air activity. I picked Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland for the summit we would...

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Parks on the Air Demo Follow up Report

I was recently asked by the President of the Washington, DC radio club (W3HAC) to give a brief presentation/demo on the popular Parks on the Air (POTA) program and some tips on portable radio operating. We met up at Rock Creek Park, which is very beautiful and hidden gem of the district. The park is property of the national park service and runs in a north/south direction from Maryland down towards the white house. Upon arriving we set up three stations: 2 QRP (low power) stations with vertical antennas and one 100W stations with a dipole. We had some...

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