Hi All,

I really enjoy the Parks On The Air program.

Our great province of BC has a LOT of parks, ecological reserves, protected areas, etc. in the POTA system.

However, many of these entities do not have latitude and longitude data and thus do not show up on the POTA map.

There are 697 "park" entities that need accurate latitude and longitude info collected and put into an Excel spreadsheet. I'm slowly making my way through the list with 53 updated so far but I have a long way to go.

Do you love maps, parks and amateur radio? Would you like to assist me with this data collection endeavour?

Let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks,
Mike VE7KPZ

October 22, 2022

 

By Michal (VE7TMZ)

 

Michal, VE7TMZ, along with his friend Austin, VE7QH, met at Pritchard Provincial Park near Kamloops for a Saturday morning POTA activation.  It was the first time that this park, https://pota.app/#/park/VE-3984, was fully activated.

The weather cooperated beautifully with a high of 15C, moderate wind, and lots of sunshine.

Austin is a seasoned POTA operator, whereas I have only been out a couple of times, both of which were unsuccessful due to rig/antenna/cabling problems.  Big thanks to Austin for mentoring me and getting me on the air this time!

I operated FT8 on 20m, whereas Austin operated CW also on 20m.  The bands did not cooperate at first, but towards late morning/lunch they opened up and we were able to make 10+ successful contacts in a short time.  I tried to use 40m, but with the wind swinging the antenna, the SWR jumped excessively between 1.5 - 4, so I opted not to use that band.  We each also made a 2m simplex contact.

Austin used:

  • Yaesu FT-891 transceiver @ max 100w
  • an LDG antenna tuner
  • CQ paddles and straight key
  • Chameleon MPAS Lite vertical antenna
  • HamRS on cell phone
  • 9Ah lead acid battery in custom made battery box

I used:

  • Icom IC-7100 @ max 50w
  • N7DDC ATU-100 tuner
  • Wolf River Coils TIA 1000 antenna
  • Evolve III Windows 10 laptop with HamRS
  • 35Ah lead acid battery in custom made battery box