MSPOTA (Mississippi Parks On The Air)

Mississippi State Parks

On The Air

Note: this is not an official POTA event.

Purpose

• To promote public awareness of Amateur radio and Mississippi’s State Park system.
• To promote a spirit of friendship and goodwill within the ranks of Mississippi Amateur Radio Operators and Amateur Radio clubs.
• To encourage contact with other Amateur Radio Operators around the state, country, and world.
• To provide additional field operating experience for Mississippi’s Amateur Radio Operators.

Overview

As of this writing, there at least 133 reference entities in the POTA database. Not all of them are parks. Only those with “Park” in the name will be used for MSPOTA.

There are twenty-one (21) State Parks in Mississippi, and we need to have most, if not all, of those 21 state parks activated by as many amateur radio operators as possible on the day of the event. This will entail the efforts and cooperation of multiple Mississippi clubs.

Except where noted in this document, POTA rules will apply. See https://pota.app/ for more details. All MSPOTA activators will operate as if they were activating a State Park for POTA. Co-activating is allowed. When activators mail their adi file to the certificate coordinator, please include the co-activators call signs, if applicable.

As in POTA the guidelines, all rules and regulations of the MS State Parks, will be followed. Fees need to be paid where they are required. If you use Pavilions then those need to be reserved and paid for.

Thank you’s go to the Jackson County Amateur Radio club, and the Area 51 Radio group for their fine cooperation, in making this happen for our State.  Special thanks to all the Activators for the State Parks from whatever club or organization they come from, and of course, without all the hunters, this would not be an event!

Objectives

• To activate most, if not all, the 21 state parks in Mississippi
• To get as many activators as possible to activate in the field
• To get as many contacts as possible during the event

Dates

Statewide MS POTA event date: Saturday, May 18, 2024. 1300 UTC to 2259 UTC (8 am – 5:59 pm CDT local time).

Modes and Bands

Modes of Operation: SSB, CW and FT8/4

Amateur Radio Bands: Any Ham Radio band that is legal in POTA can be used. Also, 2m and 70cm – VHF/UHF Simplex is acceptable.

Stations may be worked once on each band, mode, and by activator.

Hunters

To receive a certificate by email, your email must be correct in the QRZ database. Please read the document below for further details.

Activators

Activator Details are in this document: MS_StateParks_OnTheAir

Park List

This is the Park list for the MS State Parks on the Air.

This list will be updated regularly with activator callsigns who will be assigned.

Activators wishing to activate a certain park, and want to be on this list, please email ms.parksontheair@gmail.com to state your preferences. We will also be monitoring the Facebook groups: Jackson County Mississippi Amateur Radio Association, and Area 51 Radio Group Mississippi

Please state which park, your callsign, and if you are doing AM or PM (or both).

State Park Name POTA reference

Activator(s) AM

Activator(s) PM

Buccaneer State Park

US-2532

W5SMN W5SMN

Clarkco State Park

US-2533

K5DDT

George P Cossar State Park

US-2535

K5RFL

Great River Road State Park

US-2537

K5RFL

Hugh White State Park

US-2539

AD5IT W5BAM

John W. Kyle State Park

US-2540

KG5VEK & KG5VEP

J P Coleman State Park

US-2541

N5VGK N5VGK

Lake Lincoln State Park

US-2542

WG5GK WG5GK

Lake Lowndes State Park

US-2543

Lefleur’s Bluff State Park

US-2544

Legion State Park

US-2545

WB5SKM WB5SKM

Leroy Percy State Park

US-2546

Natchez State Park

US-2547

KD9TGK KD9TGK

Paul B. Johnson State Park

US-2548

WF5W & AI5ME

WF5W & AI5ME

Percy E Quin State Park

US-2549

N5MES

Roosevelt State Park

US-2550

N2PKW N2PKW

Tishomingo State Park

US-2552

KE5LWY KE5LWY

Tombigbee State Park

US-2553 W5DDX & WJ5K W5DDX & WJ5K

Trace State Park

US-2554 K5RTW K5RTW

Wall Doxey State Park

US-2555 KG5VEK & KG5VEP

Clark Creek Natural Area State Park

US-9847 N5MES

More details are in this document: MS_StateParks_OnTheAir

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