Eleventh Annual Ohio State Parks On The Air – Amateur Radio Contest

Make sure to mark your calendar for the 2018 Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA) contest – September 8, 2018. The contest is always held on the first Saturday following the Labor Day holiday. Each year this event has grown and we anticipate another year of growth with even more participating Amateur Radio Operators.

Let me remind you that the OSPOTA contest was conceived with three main goals in mind:

  1. To promote public awareness of amateur radio and Ohio’s beautiful state parks system
  2. To contribute to the recognition that Ohio has a very diverse and wonderful ecology
  3. To promote camaraderie within the ranks of Ohio’s Amateur Radio Operators

Your participation has allowed these goals to be achieved. We agree it is a lot of fun to get out in a natural setting with your radio and see how well you can do at working operators in the beautiful Ohio State Parks.

This will be the eleventh annual OSPOTA – Make plans now to be active in OSPOTA 2018.

The 2018 files are now being posted both on the OSPOTA web site and the OSPOTA Yahoo Group site.

Don’t forget – we have an OSPOTA Yahoo Group located at: groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OSPOTA/info

The OSPOTA Yahoo Group page is used for messaging and sharing of information about OSPOTA for all the fans and participants in the OSPOTA contest. The Yahoo Group is where the action is.

Also, since we do allow spotting to encourage more contacts during OSPOTA, Facebook is being used before and during the contest for instant updates and to share stories and photos.

As the contest draws near, we’ll be posting on the OSPOTA Yahoo Group page the anticipated ‘who’s going to be at what Ohio State Park’ or ‘Planned Park’ list as we have in past years. Send your planned park activation information to PlannedParks@ospota.org . Please, include the call sign that will be used and the Ohio State Park you plan to be at. If your plans change, just let us know and we’ll update the list.

Notes: Lake White State Park was still out of full opening as of February 17, 2018. We’ll keep an eye out and see if it will be re-opened in 2019. Even with all the repair work that has been accomplished, they are still having problems with water levels.  Additionally some Ohio State Parks are now being managed by local park systems, but they are still listed and considered to be Ohio State Parks according to ODNR (Quail Hollow & Tinkers Creek).

So – pick a park and make your plans now for OSPOTA 2018 !!!!!!

Take care & 73 from the entire OSPOTA contest Committee,

OSPOTA Chairman

OSPOTA Questions? Email: INFO@ospota.org

When the OSPOTA contest is over, send Logs and Summary Sheets to: Logs@ospota.org

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