On Monday morning (July 31, 2023) I left the QTH with POTA on my mind.
As I mentioned in a previous post, July was a busy month and I was in desperate need of some POTA Therapy! Fortunately, I had the full morning to play radio, so I plotted a two (or possibly three) park rove, starting with Lake James State Park.
Lake James State Park (K-2739)
I arrived at Lake James a little after 9:00 AM and pretty much had the park to myself.
In order to keep my setup time a little on the short side, I chose a picnic table next to my car.
I grabbed my throw line cube and (1st gen) Red Oxx Micro Manager pack in which I’d packed my Discovery TX-500 and accessories.
Since it was in the morning, I planned to spend time on the 40 meter band and, hopefully, work a number of hunters in the surrounding states.
For this activation, I paired my Discovery TX-500 with MW0SAW’s 40 meter end-fed half-wave antenna.
I powered the TX-500 with a homemade 5Ah LiPo battery my friend Joshua (N5FY) sent me a couple months ago.
Of course, since I was using a 40 meter end-fed half-wave antenna, I didn’t need an ATU for 40 meters (or 20, 15, or 10 meters for that matter).
- lab599 Discovery TX-500
- N5FY 5Ah Lipo Battery Pack
- MW0SAW end-fed half-wave
- Homemade 15′ RG-361 BNC/BNC cable assembly
- Key cable: Cable Matters 2-Pack Gold-Plated Retractable Aux Cable – 2.5 Feet
- Begali Traveler
- Red Oxx Micro Manager
- Weaver arborist throw line/weight and Folding Arborist Throw Line Cube
- Zebra Mechanical Pencil, Del Guard, 0.7mm
- Rite In The Rain Top Spiral Notebook (small 3×5 size)
- Camera: original OSMO Action Camera (the OSMO 3 is the current version) with Sensyne Phone Tripod
On The Air
Next, I started calling CQ POTA and it wasn’t long before stations started calling back.
In ten minutes, I worked ten stations! Propagation has been so wonky lately, this was starting to feel like the good old days!
I continued working stations until I reached a total of 29; all in exactly 30 minutes on the air.
Here’s what this five activation looked like when plotted out on a QSO Map:
Here’s my real-time, real-life video of the entire activation. As with all of my videos, I don’t edit out any parts of the on-air activation time. In addition, I have monetization turned off on YouTube, although that doesn’t stop them from inserting ads before and after my videos.
As I packed up, I plotted out my next destination: Table Rock Fish Hatchery (K-8012).
It was so nice to have an entire morning–and a bit of the afternoon–to fit in some “Radio-Active Therapy” again!
This activation also reminded me how much I love morning activations. If I could fit in more of them in my schedule, I certainly would!
I hope you enjoyed the field report and my activation video as much as I enjoyed creating them.
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Thanks for spending part of your day with me!
Have an amazing week ahead!
Cheers & 72,