NEVER FORGET – COMMEMORATING 20Th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
HRAC was at Memorial Lake State Park on Saturday, September 11, 2021 commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11/2001. It will also a special event Parks On The Air (POTA) activation using the special call sign W3M. M was selected to represent “memorial” and “memory” as is Never Forget!
The event proved to be a tremendous success. First off, we obtained our required number of contacts to post a successful POTA activation. To be exact, between a rotation of four (4) operators, using both phone and digital modes, we had 85 QSLs. 72 SSB phone and 13 FT8.
Speaking of QSLs, HRAC is offering commemorative QSL cards for the special event and to date of publication, we have had 16 remote operators contact us to have QSL cards fulfilled for their contacts.
We had 20 people in attendance over the course of the day including 11 club members with several +1s and XYLs. We also caught the attention of 2 others who stopped by to learn more about the event. Even the Park Ranger made an appearance showing their appreciation for our event during shut down phase of the operation. Members attending included:
WB3BKN; W3JPH; K3RTS; KD3MAD; KZ3KBD; K3ESU; K3DRE; KC3WEB; K3SZH; W3TS
This particular event, and all POTA activations in general, are an excellent opportunity to get outside and operate. For those who missed the event, we highly recommend it in the future as your schedule permits. And if you are up for a bigger challenge, trying checking out SOTA and IOTA.
HRAC would like to extend a special thank you to Vice President Bob K3RTS for pulling everything together, especially the logging responsibilities despite dealing with some significant health challenges at the same time. We’ll be working with Bob over the coming days to get additional results from this event onto the website including QSO Maps for everyone’s review and motivation.
Please check back again soon and watch for more up-to-date publications on this and other field operations.