Make sure to mark your calendar for the 2017 Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA) contest – September 9, 2017. 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:
- To promote public awareness of amateur radio and Ohio’s beautiful state parks system
- To contribute to the recognition that Ohio has a very diverse and wonderful ecology
- 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 TENTH annual OSPOTA – The contest committee is planning on some extra awards and prizes for our tenth OSPOTA – you won’t want to miss out on these, so make plans now to be active in OSPOTA 2017.
The 2017 files are now being updated. PLEASE check out the new files when they are posted – some things have changed.
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.
Note: Lake White State Park was still out of full opening as of November 1st, 2016. We’ll keep an eye out and see if it will be re-opened in early 2017.
This is from the ODNR web site: “Dam Repair Major improvements are now taking place to address structural deficiencies and bring the dam into compliance with safety standards. The improvements are expected to be completed in time for the start of the Spring-Summer 2017 boating season. Please note that during construction, the parking lot and lake access are closed. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time.” Hopefully all will be okay for 2017.
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 2017 !!!!!!
Take care & 73 from the entire OSPOTA contest Committee,
OSPOTA Questions? Email: INFO@ospota.org
When the OSPOTA contest is over, send Logs and Summary Sheets to: Logs@ospota.org