National Parks on the Air Moonbounce Update
Wow. Moonbounce from a national park…
On Saturday, April 9, the first EME (moonbounce) contacts in the ARRL National Parks on the Air event (NPOTA) were made from LakeDardanelle State Park in Arkansas, which counts for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The two operators, Dennis Schaefer, W5RZ, and George Cotton, WB5JJJ, set up near the lake and ran 50 W into a K1FO design 22 element Yagi on 432 MHz, using JT65B digital mode. Power was supplied by eight sealed lead-acid batteries. They worked four European stations — DK3WG, OK1DFC, HB9Q, and DL7APV. “I’ve planned this for a couple of months, so it was gratifying to see it work!” said Schaefer.
National Parks Week is April 16-24, and World Amateur Radio Day is April 18. Listen for NPOTA activity from 71 different activations during the week of April 14-20, including Sequoia National Park (NP50) in California, and Russell Cave National Monument (M64) in Alabama.
Details about these and other upcoming activations are on the NPOTA Activations calendar.