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Link Posted: 7/17/2021 12:42:24 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:



day time in the midwest, 40m is regional

you can easily work stations a few states away….300-1000miles  away

I guess in Alaska, only canadian pines would receive you

I would love to visit and try some POTA up there



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Come visit man, it’s a workout. I’ve started to make my POTA’s 24 hour events. That’s another challenge. UTC midnight is at 4pm, so it cuts the day in half anyway. I don’t really get much 40m DX propagation until 9pm or later. 20m usually turns on around noon or 1pm. Only once have I been successful in banging out a whole POTA activation in that noon to 4 window.
Link Posted: 7/17/2021 3:13:07 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:


Come visit man, it’s a workout. I’ve started to make my POTA’s 24 hour events. That’s another challenge. UTC midnight is at 4pm, so it cuts the day in half anyway. I don’t really get much 40m DX propagation until 9pm or later. 20m usually turns on around noon or 1pm. Only once have I been successful in banging out a whole POTA activation in that noon to 4 window.
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Are you spotting yourself when you start?
Link Posted: 7/17/2021 4:43:55 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:


Are you spotting yourself when you start?
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Sometimes, but I usually don't have cell service or data. I always schedule it at least.
Link Posted: 7/17/2021 6:02:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:


Sometimes, but I usually don't have cell service or data. I always schedule it at least.
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And just a FYI to all. You can also spot yourself using JS8CALL. It will push it to the POTA spot page.


I’ll try and post a picture of what that command looks like
Link Posted: 7/17/2021 11:14:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Colt653] [#5]
Wife and I took a road trip to a lake.

Did a "late shift" activation on 14.308

quickly turned into a pile-up, 44 QSO's including PR, 2 spain, and a bunch in Canada.

Bald Eagle landed in a tree, right in front of us, and saw 2 tiny baby deer on the way out,

It was a great evening.

fresh water ground plane was beaming N.E.

Link Posted: 7/17/2021 11:21:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:

Wife and I took a road trip to a lake.

Did a "late shift" activation on 14.308

quickly turned into a pile-up, 44 QSO's including PR, 2 spain, and a bunch in Canada.

Bald Eagle landed in a tree, right in front of us, and saw 2 tiny baby deer on the way out,

It was a great evening.

fresh water ground plane was beaming N.E.

https://i.imgur.com/AB9ubGt.jpg
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Well, ain't it a small world? I had a QSO with you right after the eagle, maybe the very next one, as I heard you tell a guy it just landed. Our QSO was at 01:14 UTC.
Link Posted: 7/17/2021 11:27:47 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By M4Madness:


Well, ain't it a small world? I had a QSO with you right after the eagle, maybe the very next one, as I heard you tell a guy it just landed. Our QSO was at 01:14 UTC.
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How cool is that !


nice looking Mustang on your QRZ page  
Link Posted: 7/17/2021 11:39:37 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:





How cool is that !


nice looking Mustang on your QRZ page  
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Thanks! I sold a Colt M16 around 5 years ago to buy that car. I guess if I'd have looked at your QRZ page, I'd have recognized some of the photos you'd posted here.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 12:45:49 AM EDT
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This weekend is the quarterly POTA support your parks event, so tons of parks and chasers are out and about. I ran 3 parks today and am catching a ferry to hopefully activate 3 or 4 more Lake Erie island references tomorrow as we'll.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 12:48:03 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/18/2021 1:07:57 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By RED_5:
two POTA on 40m FT8 right now..


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Link Posted: 7/18/2021 1:18:33 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/18/2021 1:22:52 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By RED_5:



can't arfcom and ft8 at the same time?   sucks to be you
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the last thing i wanna do at a park is ft8

fuck ft8

Link Posted: 7/18/2021 7:57:40 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:
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Link Posted: 7/18/2021 8:33:34 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:



the last thing i wanna do at a park is ft8

fuck ft8

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I had to do it the other day to complete the park. I use it as a last resort but not off the table.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 3:24:18 PM EDT
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we are heading out to do another park or two

might try 17m
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 3:25:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:

we are heading out to do another park or two

might try 17m
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Been hunting for about a hour and heard 1 POTA station. The bands are/were crap here in my AO. Hope it turns out better for you than me.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 4:17:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Colt653] [#18]
yeah  it’s tuff today

needs a few more

now

14.305
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 4:28:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:
yeah  it’s tuff today

needs a few more

now

14.305
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I could hear guys calling you but you were in the noise for me.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 5:13:45 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:

I could hear guys calling you but you were in the noise for me.
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got 31 including…a few we hunted park to park

bands are up n down today

got 2 parks from one guy in NJ also running a TS480HX and TARHEEL antenna

Link Posted: 7/18/2021 5:30:28 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/18/2021 5:55:14 PM EDT
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I had QSO's with two POTA stations over the weekend that were both activating parks less than 20 miles from me.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 6:22:07 PM EDT
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Anyone know the history of POTA ?

I remember SOTA years ago, guessing POTA is a recent thing

We are really having fun with it

Link Posted: 7/18/2021 6:24:02 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/18/2021 6:34:54 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:

Anyone know the history of POTA ?

I remember SOTA years ago, guessing POTA is a recent thing

We are really having fun with it

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I believe it stems from the 2016 ARRL National Parks on the Air event, some people who enjoyed that decided to make it a year round informal event and include state managed parks and areas as well. It took off from there.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 6:41:31 PM EDT
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I’m going to try to go to K-7201 at UTC0000 in an hour or so. I should be able to give it 3 hours. I’m going to try a vertical at the waters edge. 14.280-14-297. Park has only been activated twice.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 8:32:22 PM EDT
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Tyrex13 is on 14.287
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 8:33:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:
I’m going to try to go to K-7201 at UTC0000 in an hour or so. I should be able to give it 3 hours. I’m going to try a vertical at the waters edge. 14.280-14-297. Park has only been activated twice.
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i just worked you AROUND 00:31 - 00:32UTC PARK TO PARK

need to get you my park number  …we just pulled into a park

trying again

EDIT  — worked you again, got you the park # and said “CQ ARFCOM” and you faded



sounds like you’re racking them up quickly



Link Posted: 7/18/2021 8:54:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Colt653] [#29]
my TS480HX seems to attract bald eagles

here’s 2 more tonight ( crappy iphone thru bino pic )

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Link Posted: 7/18/2021 10:41:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:



i just worked you AROUND 00:31 - 00:32UTC PARK TO PARK

need to get you my park number  …we just pulled into a park

trying again

EDIT  — worked you again, got you the park # and said “CQ ARFCOM” and you faded



sounds like you’re racking them up quickly



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That was awesome! First time I’ve worked at salt water edge. Got about 100 QSO’s and a bunch of new states. Worked every part of the country from Florida to NY to California, Midwest and PNW. Very cool


Link Posted: 7/18/2021 11:06:23 PM EDT
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Brought KX2 and my little endfed wire with me to South Carolina.   Love having a kit that fits into a carry-on.  Activated two parks this weekend.  First QSO was to Hungary, that was my only DX.  I generally work more EU portable from the Midwest  Still good times and always amazed at what five watts will do.  Did get a CW QSO with a buddy back in MN. Might activate some more this week depending on the weather.
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 11:32:25 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:


That was awesome! First time I’ve worked at salt water edge. Got about 100 QSO’s and a bunch of new states. Worked every part of the country from Florida to NY to California, Midwest and PNW. Very cool

https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/83116/66650898-BEEA-4407-B013-8F97792C49B6-2018959.jpg
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We had a good day also.

Did an activation earlier at one of our favorite parks,   got lots of park to parks,  . . . .then went to a nice restaurant, then she wanted to go eagle spotting at another park an hour away.

That's when I looked on my phone, and worked you.

I also spotted you on DX WATCH, and heard your pile-up all the way home    


https://dxwatch.com/dxsd1/dxsd1.php?f=4816


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your QRZ pic is really cool.



that makes 2 POTA ARFCOM'ers and 3 bald eagles in one weekend
Link Posted: 7/18/2021 11:39:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: swampfoxoutdoors] [#33]
Anyone aware of a way to spot yourself via sms?

I know the SOTA guys have a number of clever ways to spot themselves.

I know the JS8 command works.
Blacked out portions is where your callsign goes.
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Just replace all the necessary fields with the real information
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 12:09:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: Colt653] [#34]
no cell signal.

....Just ask the guys you work to spot you.

keep it simple
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 12:16:27 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:
no cell signal.

....Just ask the guys you work to spot you.

keep it simple
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No cell signal. And QRP calling for 45min trying to catch the first bite just sucks.

SOTA has a sms gateway and can even spot via inreach devices.

I wish the reverse beacon network could decode a simple POTA command and spot you. Most all Hf radios have a Cw memory keyer. Even if one didn’t know CW preload your memory slots with your parks spot data and send it.
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 12:23:03 AM EDT
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Tyrex if you try again I'll try. I'm down in Florida till Thursday. Maybe being this close to water will help. Still beed Alaska for POTA WAS.
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 2:03:12 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:



We had a good day also.

Did an activation earlier at one of our favorite parks,   got lots of park to parks,  . . . .then went to a nice restaurant, then she wanted to go eagle spotting at another park an hour away.

That's when I looked on my phone, and worked you.

I also spotted you on DX WATCH, and heard your pile-up all the way home    


https://dxwatch.com/dxsd1/dxsd1.php?f=4816


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your QRZ pic is really cool.



that makes 2 POTA ARFCOM'ers and 3 bald eagles in one weekend
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Thanks for that. I’ve never had to manage anything like that before. Wound up with 101 QSO in 1h48m.
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 2:03:51 AM EDT
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I’m planning to do it again tomorrow and maybe Tuesday also weather permitting.
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 9:45:28 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:


No cell signal. And QRP calling for 45min trying to catch the first bite just sucks.

SOTA has a sms gateway and can even spot via inreach devices.

I wish the reverse beacon network could decode a simple POTA command and spot you. Most all Hf radios have a Cw memory keyer. Even if one didn’t know CW preload your memory slots with your parks spot data and send it.
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It does that, sort of.  The catch is you have to have your activation scheduled ahead of time.  The site will compare callsigns on the RBN to those with a scheduled activation and then spot you on the POTA spots page.  It also checks the current spots and will respot you even if you change bands.  
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 3:06:39 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Bluedog1971:


It does that, sort of.  The catch is you have to have your activation scheduled ahead of time.  The site will compare callsigns on the RBN to those with a scheduled activation and then spot you on the POTA spots page.  It also checks the current spots and will respot you even if you change bands.  
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Will it show as a CW spot always?

and is there a template for how the CW command line should look?
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 3:24:16 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:


Will it show as a CW spot always?

and is there a template for how the CW command line should look?
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There's no command, you just call "CQ CALLSIGN" and it picks you up like a standard RBN spot.  So it will spot you on the frequency where you were heard, and the mode spotted is the one the RBN heard (CW, FT8, RTTY, etc.), so it doesn't work for SSB.

The POTA page basically just pulls everything off the RBN and compares it to the POTA scheduled activation list, if it finds a callsign calling CQ match inside the scheduled activation time window, then it will post the spot to the POTA site.
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 3:39:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By D_Man:

The POTA page basically just pulls everything off the RBN and compares it to the POTA scheduled activation list, if it finds a callsign calling CQ match inside the scheduled activation time window, then it will post the spot to the POTA site.
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With the correct mode & freq?

Link Posted: 7/19/2021 3:48:36 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/19/2021 4:10:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:


With the correct mode & freq?

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Yes, it posts the mode and frequency the RBN skimmer station actually hear your call on.  It even posts the callsign of the skimmer station as the "spotter".

Here's and example I just pulled of the POTA spot page, it shows what an RBN generate spot looks like, in this case a CW activator.

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ETA: The POTA site will also update active spots for a station if the RBN picks them up and their old spot hasn't fallen off the POTA page (takes 30 minutes without a re-spot).  So say you spot yourself or have someone spot you working SSB and it gets your activation on the page.  If you then change over to running CW on a different frequency or even different band and the RBN hears that,  The POTA page will re-spot you based on the RBN spot as working CW on whatever frequency your now using.
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 8:11:57 PM EDT
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Hiking in now to K-7193. Park has only been activated once. I plan to be on 20m SSB for about 2 hours in about 2 hours. Likely won’t have service to self spot. 14.287 is the target freq if clear, but I try to find an opening between 14.283 and 14.297.
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 8:19:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:
Hiking in now to K-7193. Park has only been activated once. I plan to be on 20m SSB for about 2 hours in about 2 hours. Likely won’t have service to self spot. 14.287 is the target freq if clear, but I try to find an opening between 14.283 and 14.297.
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I’ll try to listen for you. Made a few contacts now on 40m.
Link Posted: 7/19/2021 10:33:39 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tyrex13:
Hiking in now to K-7193. Park has only been activated once. I plan to be on 20m SSB for about 2 hours in about 2 hours. Likely won’t have service to self spot. 14.287 is the target freq if clear, but I try to find an opening between 14.283 and 14.297.
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Was able to work you and heard you say my callsign but didn’t hear my signal report.

Gave the arfcoms callsign on the radio.

Tried you a few more times. You would come up to a 55 at times.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 2:28:03 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By swampfoxoutdoors:



Was able to work you and heard you say my callsign but didn’t hear my signal report.

Gave the arfcoms callsign on the radio.

Tried you a few more times. You would come up to a 55 at times.
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Had another great time! Beautiful spot and nice hike. Logged 43 QSO’s in less than an hour.
Link Posted: 7/20/2021 5:37:51 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/20/2021 6:07:29 AM EDT
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You live in an amazingly beautiful area. Really spectacular.
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