Clinton County ARA’s First Annual Parks on the Air Activation at Cowan Lake State Park

The Clinton County Amateur Radio Association (ARA) recently had its inaugural club picnic and Parks on the Air (POTA) activation/campout at Cowan Lake State Park. It was an exciting and successful adventure! This event brought together the club for a day of outdoor activity, camaraderie, and engaging with the beautiful natural surroundings while showcasing their radio skills. To cap off the day, the group held a club picnic, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the event.

POTA: Connecting Hams with Nature

Parks on the Air is a popular activity among amateur radio operators, allowing them to combine their love for radio communication with an appreciation for the outdoors. Activating a park involves setting up portable radio stations within designated parks, making contacts, and earning points based on the number of contacts and the location’s rarity. Cowan Lake State Park, situated in Clinton County, provided an excellent venue for this exciting venture.

Setting the Stage: Cowan Lake State Park

Cowan Lake State Park, located in southwestern Ohio, offers a picturesque setting with its 1,775-acre lake surrounded by lush forests and meadows. The park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, and birdwatching. It was an ideal spot for the Clinton County ARA to showcase their radio skills and connect with fellow enthusiasts while enjoying the natural beauty around them.

A Day of Successful Contacts

The day began with the Clinton County ARA members setting up their radio equipment and antennas at the Pine Tree Group Camp.

Throughout the day, evening and night, the group made over 300 contacts, reaching both nearby and distant locations. The picturesque backdrop of Cowan Lake State Park added to the experience, creating an unforgettable activation for everyone involved.

Building Camaraderie and Sharing Knowledge

The activation at Cowan Lake State Park provided an excellent opportunity for radio enthusiasts to share experiences, knowledge, and expertise. Seasoned operators offered tips and guidance to newcomers, fostering a sense of community and mutual growth within the group. This collaborative environment not only enhanced the activation but also strengthened the bonds among club members.

A Picnic to Remember

After a setting up and making a few contacts, the Clinton County ARA members organized a delightful club picnic. Gathering under the shade of trees, participants shared stories, laughter, and a delicious meal. It was a fantastic way to take a break and prepare for the fun of a late shift activation.

The Clinton County Amateur Radio Association’s Parks on the Air activation at Cowan Lake State Park was a resounding success, combining the excitement of radio communication with the splendor of nature. The event showcased the passion and expertise of amateur radio operators, demonstrating their commitment to fostering community and promoting the hobby. As the sun set on this memorable day and operations continued into the night, participants left that evening or the next morning with a sense of fulfillment, eagerly looking forward to this becoming an annual event.

Andrew Adrian

Andrew Adrian


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