K-1321 My First POTA Activation

Amateur Radio, POTA

I recently became involved with Parks on the air (POTA).  I had always tried to answer someone when I heard them call parks on the air so when we started planning the camping trip and a friend wanted to activate the Staunton River State Park, I finally activated my membership in September.  I was surpised to find I had 26 contacts that is the reason for the awards close together.

  1. Silver Hunter 9/13/2021
  2. Bronze Hunter 9/13/2021
  3. Gold Hunter 9/13/2021
  4. Platinum Hunter 9/19/21
  5. Diamond Hunter 9/25/21
  6. Saphire Hunter 10/9/21

I activated my first park along with KE4NKY and had a blast.  It just happened to be a Internatinal Dark Sky site that goes along with my other hobby astronomy.  To say I had no idea what was happening would by an understatement.

The nice thing about POTA is that you can combine camping and your amateur radio hobby together.


Campground notes:  Great campground. Clean restrooms. Power available.Online reservations available. Easy to change camping dates for weather, etc.