Save the Date: Ohio State Parks on the Air, Saturday, September 7!

Save the date!

On Saturday, September 7, the ACARA will be participating in the annual “Ohio State Parks on the Air” ( field event at Strouds Run State Park. We’ll be at the Bulldog shelter on Strouds Run Road. (Here’s a Google map:

Ohio State Parks on the Air (OSPOTA) runs from 1400 UTC to 2200 UTC, which is 10am to 6pm local time. The event take place on HF and is SSB only. We will be using the ACARA’s recently-acquired 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 2018 effort is available here:

The ACARA won our class in 2016 and again in 2017. Let’s see if we can win our class in 2019!

As has become a tradition, we’ll have a club potluck at 5pm at the Bulldog shelter. All members and their guests are invited. Bring a dish to share and your own beverage and serving-ware. 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