RMHAM Does NPOTA Right!

By  | 08/15/2016 | Filed under: Uncategorized

20160812_103451A few members from RMHAM activated the Great Sand Dunes National Park (NP25) from August 11-13th.  The ARRL National Parks on the Air year long event has been a huge success in getting hams out to the parks and showing off their portable operating skills while teaching the public about amateur radio.

Neal Tew – KD0MBL, Jeff Carrier – K0JSC, and Amanda Alden-Carrier-K1DDN, members of RMHAM had fun setting 20160812_12345up 2 portable operating stations from the park’s picnic area during all three days.  Band conditions were less than favorable, so most QSO’s were made on 20m.  Other QSO’s were made on 40m and 2m.  Put to good use was RMHAM’s QRV3, which supplied generator power and a home for the hamstick antennas.  Neal operated his station on solar and battery power supplied by his trailer fitted with two 120 watt solar panels.

Visitor turnout was low, but those who did make it had a great time.  One of our visitors was from Dayton and while not a ham knew all about ham radio!  A big thanks goes to Dave Newmyer – N0KM and John Fink – W0DNR who assisted with making contacts.  There were a few public visitors who needed a table to have lunch and were lucky enough to learn about amateur radio at the same time.

When the bands are bad, they re-enacted Star Wars.

When the bands are bad, they re-enacted Star Wars.

344 QSO’s were made in a combined time of 15 operating hours.  NPOTA chasers were happy to work a new one.  One more bonus for the chasers, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail runs through the park.  Therefore they all got a two for one!  NP25 and TR19.20160812_123456