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Parks On The Air | I’m Activating Yellowstone National Park

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It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in Parks On The Air. During the week of September 2nd I will be operating in Yellowstone National Park. I’ve scheduled Sept 3rd thru the 5th at the POTA website to activate Yellowstone (K-0070). I’ll be operating SSB, CW and PSK31 on 20, 40 and 80 Meters. If you are hunting Parks On The Air and need Yellowstone this will be a good opportunity.

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Parks On The Air From Fishing Bridge RV Park

During the early morning and evening hours I will be operating from the camper at Fishing Bridge RV Park near Yellowstone Lake. The Icom 7300 and my Tarheel 200A should work good from that location. I don’t think there will be room to put up any type of wire antenna. The RV Park is crowded and the sites are very close together.

Operating from Old Faithful

On either Monday or Tuesday (I’ll be looking at the weather to determine the best day) I should be able to operate close to Old Faithful. If there’s a suitable picnic area nearby I’ll try to setup there. I have my Elecraft KX2 and a couple of good choices for antennas to use with my 20′ wonderpole fishing pole mast.

 

Mammoth Hot Springs

Again, it could be either Monday or Tuesday that I will be at Mammoth Hot Springs and operating portable from there. I’ll find a picnic area and operate with the Elecraft KX2 and wire antenna.

If band conditions are too poor for QRP ( 5-10 watts) I’ll get on the Icom 7000 in my vehicle and use the Tarheel with 100 watts.

Parks On The Air Modes of Operation, Frequencies

I can operate Phone, CW, RTTY and PSK 31 with the Icom 7300 in the camper and with the Icom 7000 in my vehicle.

Using the Elecraft KX2 I’ll operate mostly CW and PSK31. I’ll only be sending signal reports and my location (K-0070).

Main frequencies for me: CW – 7.031, 14.061 / SSB 14.255 / PSK31 portion on 80, 40 and 20.

Look for me in the late morning and early afternoon at those frequencies and locations (Old Faithful & Mammoth).

I’ll try to check into the Breakfast Club Net (3.973 MHz) from the camper in the early morning hours each day.

Spotting, WIFI and Cellular Data Coverage

I am told that there isn’t WIFI in the park except in some very limited locations. My cellular, AT&T, will be very limited also. If you hear me and can spot me, that would great, because otherwise I do not anticipate being able to self spot.

I found a webpage with easy access to POTA spots.  Maybe you’ll see my frequency there.

Here is a list of scheduled activations for POTA.

Thank you!

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Comments

  1. What are some of the antennas choices you may use with your 20′ wonderpole fishing pole mast from Old Faithful? 73.

    KR7SWA

    1. Author

      Hi Denny,

      Sorry for the delay. I was out of town. Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, but I did not have data coverage in the Park.

      I have three to choose from. A 58 ft wire with 7 ft counterpoise and a 84 ft. wire with 8 ft counterpoise. Counterpoise may need adjusted at times.

      Another antenna I made is using 50 ft of 300 ohm twin lead and it it split at the top. Each leg after the split is approx. 16′ 7″ inches in length. It tunes up on all bands.

  2. ii’ll try to catch you on CW with my inside the house loop on 40 and 20!
    Good luck

    73,
    bud N0IA
    Lakewood, CO

    1. Author

      Hi Bud,

      Sorry for the delay. I was out of town.

      Not as good of conditions as I had hoped for. Only 37 contacts for POTA.

      Thank you and I hope to catch you on the air.

      73,

      Rich, K0PIR

  3. spero di poterti collegare 73 e buoni dx VINCENZO IU8DON REGGIO CALABRIA SUD ITALIA

    1. Author

      Sorry for the delay, I just got back home.

      Nice to hear from you!

      Poor conditions, but I made 37 contacts while there. No DX, hi!

      I hope to hear you on CUL.

      73,
      Rich, K0PIR

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