40. National Parks on the Air

While most of our past programs have been on pretty serious emergency management topics, it is possible to have some fun while preparing for future responses.  One new way to do so would be to participate in next year’s ARRL National Parks on the Air activities, or NPOTA, by setting up a mobile or portable station.

NPOTA seeks to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service by activating and/or contacting temporary amateur radio stations at as many of the 433 National Park Service and affiliated sites as possible.  There are three such sites to activate within Ohio ARES District 3.

The one many hams already know is the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, which has sites within Montgomery and Greene Counties.  Far fewer know about the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, with a site just west of Wilberforce on U.S. 42 in Greene County.  And how many of you know about the North Country National Scenic Trail, which follows the Buckeye Trail route in District 3?

Anyway, if you are interested in learning more about NPOTA activities, check out the website at https://npota.arrl.org/ and their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NPOTA/ .