By: Mike KD9KMV
Last week I decided to set myself a challenge. The challenge was to operate from 3 new (to me) State Parks within a week, as part of the POTA (Parks On The Air) program.
Activation 1 – Monday March 4th 2019
Chain-O-Lakes SP, IL – K-0986
With winter temperatures still with us, the gauge in my car measured the outside temperature at 4 degrees F. “Why am I doing this?” I thought as I drove to my destination. Well, I want to prove to myself that I can. Simple as that.
Arriving at any State Park for the first time is interesting. Not knowing the layout of the park, suitable operating positions, etc., especially when the snow often seems to block access to certain sections. Google Maps and its Streetview feature can help for some pre-planning, but it is not a failsafe.
I found a suitable spot that had a picnic bench in just about the perfect place, so I decided to setup.
Here are some photos of the deployment: