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Author Topic: OSPOTA Contest (Ohio State Parks on the Air) WW8OH to activate Buckeye Lake SP  (Read 2734 times)
W3HKK
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« on: September 01, 2012, 02:04:34 AM »

On Sat Sep 8, 2012, Buckeye Lake State Park will be activated by WW8OH (COOKEN A.R.C.)
from noon EDST until 8 pm (1600z-2400z)  operating 80-40-20-15-10 meters

Note: Contacts  are  valid once per band, regardless of mode. Hence, this is primarily a SSB contest, as no extra points are given for CW contacts. 

Our Category: Club station/Multi-Op: High Power ( >11watts) from BUCKEYE LAKE SP.

SSB Freqs: 3.825-7.200-14.250-21.300-28.450
CW Freqs:  3.545-7.045-14.045-21.045-28,045

There are 75 Ohio State Parks eligible  for this contest.

Scoring: total  unique call signs worked per BAND x total number of state parks worked.

 

Our exchange to you will be: WW8OH BKL (Buckeye Lake State Park)
Your exchange to us should be:  Your call + your Ohio State Park or your state or province.
DX stations give your call sig + "DX."

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W3HKK
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2012, 01:02:15 PM »

THANKS  to all who worked us on 80-40-20-15-10M. 

Our three  100w stations  used:
80m:  an NVIS  flat top at 15 ft high along the steel lakefront bulkhead, with a grounded reflector wire at grade level. (120 qsos )
40M: an 80M loop  30 ft up, supported by  three well-spaced trees  ( 255 qsos)
20-15-10: dipoles at 50 ft ( 110 qsos)

This year, 40M was THE BAND.  Hot almost from start to finish, with lots of NVIS skip around Ohio. Preliminary numbers were 50 Ohio State Parks.

OSPOTA is a five year old contest that keeps growing.  Other states, including Indiana have added their versions, with more on the way.  Just lets not all do it the same weekend, guys.
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K5UNY
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 04:08:18 PM »

  Are you guys associated with the POTA Organization??(Parks on the Air)
I used to rerad a lot about them and they kinda went away for some reason. MAybe too much competition from SOTA and IOTA ??!!

Alex  K5UNY
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W3HKK
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2012, 08:45:48 PM »

OSPOTA was  started five years ago by a ham club  in NE Ohio (Portage ARC) and has been gaining steam ever since. they might be able to answer your question better than I.

Last year, Indiana had their first Parks on the Air event, the same day as  this one.

And I hear Georgia is planning to do the same one day soon.

But its been growing, and a lot of fun to particpate in.  And it IS in conjunction with  the Ohio State Parks System.   Some guys drive RVs to state parks and set up.  Others rent cabins.  Others use tents or just go mobile.

This year something like 51 of our 75 state parks had amateurs operating in them for this event.


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N8CUI
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 07:28:53 AM »

The official website for the Portage County Amateur Radio Service Ohio State Parks On The Air is http://parks.portcars.org/ospota/index.php

Jim
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