On Saturday, September 12, 2020, members of the ACARA participated in the 13th annual PCARS “Ohio State Parks on the Air” (link), activating Strouds Run State Park at the Bulldog Picnic Shelter, and operating under the club’s callsign, W8UKE.
Nick Arnold, KD8FKB
John McCutcheon, N8XWO
Drew McDaniel, W8MHV
Eric McFadden, WD8RIF
Bob Moore, KC8KSM
Brynn Riordan, KB8JDH
Robert Riordan, KA4VNK
Rich Post, KB8TAD
Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ
Joe Weber, KE8LRZ
Andy Young, KD8WVX
Because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the ODNR is not allowing reservations of group facilities; this means the club was not able to reserve the use of the Bulldog Shelter. Joe Weber, KE8LRZ, and his son Bob arrived at the site extra early and were able to hold the shelter for our use. (Thank you, Joe and Bob!)
The weather turned out to be perfect for doing outdoor radio–not too hot, not too cold, not too windy.
The station this year consisted of the ACARA’s Elecraft K3 transceiver, an LDG AT100 Pro II automatic antenna tuner provided by Jeff Slattery, N8SUZ, and an 80m/40m fan-dipole and a 24′ military mast provided by Eric McFadden, WD8RIF. The logging computer and Honda 2kW inverter-generator were also provided by Eric.
Because of the continuing coronavirus crisis, measures were taken to keep participants and visitors safe. The operator and logger positions were separated by six feet and observers were asked to keep six feet away from everyone else.
Also because the continuing coronavirus crisis, the traditional 5pm potluck was canceled in favor of a bring-your-food gathering. Unfortunately, only a few members were present at the dinner gathering but those who were present were rewarded by the sight of a bald eagle on the other side of the lake.
By the time the eight-hour event was over, the team had made a total of 171 contacts and had worked stations at 37 of the 75 Ohio State Parks. The club’s claimed score was 6,726 points, up significantly from 2019’s score of 4,909 points and 2018’s score of 2,433 points. By band, 92 contacts were made on 75m and 85 contacts were made on 40m.
Contacts were made by KE8LRZ (9), Bob Weber (9), KA4VNK (60), KD8FKB (12), KD8WVX (19), N8SUZ (67), and WD8RIF (1).
The ACARA took 1st-place in class in 2016 and 2017, 2nd-place in 2018, and 3rd-place in 2019. This year’s score of 6,726 points might be good enough to give the ACARA 1st-place in class in 2020–we’ll have to wait and see.
Eric McFadden, WD8RIF
President, Athens County Amateur Radio Association