Save the date!
On Saturday, September 11, the ACARA will be participating in the annual “Ohio State Parks on the Air” (http://ospota.org/) field event at Strouds Run State Park. We’ll be at the Bulldog shelter on Strouds Run Road. (Here’s a Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/5RCa2Q2D9i5x5FgE6.)
Ohio State Parks on the Air (OSPOTA) runs from 1400 UTC to 2200 UTC, which is 10am to 6pm local time. The event takes place on HF and is SSB only. We will be using the ACARA’s Elecraft K3 100-watt transceiver for this operation.
We’ll begin set-up at 9am and, weather permitting, we’ll operate the full eight hours until 6pm. All members are invited to participate and, because we’ll be operating with the club’s callsign (W8UKE), anyone who wants to can operate the station regardless of their license-class. And don’t worry if you don’t have much experience on HF or with contests–experienced Elmers will be there to help!
A report with photos of the ACARA’s 2020 effort is available here: http://www.ac-ara.org/?p=1198.
As has become a tradition, we’ll have a food get-together at 5pm at the Bulldog shelter. All members and their guests are invited but, due to COVID-19 concerns, we won’t be sharing food. Bring something to eat and drink. We will have a propane grill on-site for those who have meat they’d like to cook.
I hope to see you at Strouds Run!
Eric McFadden, WD8RIF
President, Athens County Amateur Radio Association