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Author Topic: OHIO STATE PARKS ON THE AIR (OSPOTA) - Here comes WW8OH again  (Read 8623 times)
W3HKK
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« on: August 12, 2013, 11:36:15 AM »

OSPOTA is one of the truly fun contests here in Ohio.  We Ohio hams activate all the Ohio  State Parks we can during an 8 hr period,  one Sat in September, and everybody else tries to work as many state parks as  you can.  In fact, so do we, but in the process we give out state parks and counties for anyone interested, inside or outside Ohio. 

See the  OSPOTA website for awards and full  contest details.

This year, WW8OH, COOKEN ARC, based in Newark, Ohio will be operating as a multi-op, multi-station (3)  entry,  in  never before activated (for this contest) DILLON STATE PARK (DIL). 
We will be housed in the Shelter House,  on a hilltop overlooking Dillon Dam.  There is plenty of parking for anyone wishing to stop by or join in the activities.

Date:  Saturday SEP 7, 2013      Noon til 8 pm EDST ( 1600-2400Z)
Modes: SSB and CW.
Bands:  80-40-20-15-10M
OSPOTA Freqs:   3.545/3.825, 7.045/7.200, 14.045/14.250, 21.045/21.300, 28.045/28.450
EXCHANGE:  We give: WW8OH DIL.  You give:  your callsign + state;  or your Canadian callsign
+ province;  or your DX callsign + "DX"

Keys:  Stations may be worked  once per band regardless of mode.
          Mults are the  total number of different  Ohio State Parks worked.
          ( ie  you can only count  a park once, even if you work it on 5 bands.)
          You may work  the same station once per band, regardless of mode.
         

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KD8IZZ
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 08:49:48 AM »

I hope the same guy works Cowan Lake State Park again this year, whoever he was.
He called himself "the voice of the cow"! He was having way too much fun, made me laugh.
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W3HKK
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2013, 07:42:38 PM »

WX is looking  perfect.  Chance of rain 0%. Temps 70-75F down to 55 at night.
That should keep the QRN at bay and allow many more qsos on 40/80 in particular.

Fresh. Invigorating.  Eight hours of ham heaven.
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KD8TFG
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2013, 06:42:05 PM »

This will be my first and will be operating from home on 40, 20, 15 and 10m ssb with an Icom 730, mfj-949d tuner and a solarcon a-99 vertical which loads a 1.5 to 1 on 40m and lower on all other bands. I am very excited for this event gonna have a great time !!!
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W3HKK
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2013, 05:52:58 PM »

How did you do?     

If you enter again next year,  try a low dipole - anywhere between 25-40 ft up.  Working OSPOTA places a premium on working other state parks, which on 80-40m means low dipoles and loops  with high angles of radiation, as opposed to verticals which give you long haul contacts.  On the other hand, giving out contacts to stations   far away, like on 10-15-20m would put that vertical to good use.

Our  M-O three station entry   struggled on 20-15-10 this year, as well as on 80m.  The 40m band  was and usually is the  band that produces most qsos and state parks. It did again.

Good luck!  Its a fun contest.
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