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Vermont Radio Amateurs Putting Green Mountain State’s Parks on the Air


The Vermont Department of Parks and Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV) are sponsoring “Vermont State Parks on the Air” until June 1, 2019. The activity is dedicated to Amateur Radio operation in Vermont’s parks. Operation is open to all modes and all bands, although most recent operation has been on 40 and 20 meters. The event uses World Wide Flora and Fauna in Amateur Radio (WWFF) calling/operating frequencies: Phone: 3.744, 7.144, 14.244, 18.144, 21.244, 24.944, and 28.444 MHz; CW: 3.544, 7.024, 10.124, 14.044, 18.084, 21.044, 24.894, and 28.044 MHz.

This program is a follow-up to the ARRL National Parks on the Air event,” Bob Henneberger, KB1WXM, told ARRL. “We are hoping it catches on with Vermont hams and can be a regular ongoing event each summer. We encourage the backpackers working QRP as well as those setting up 500 W stations with dipoles 70 feet up some tall trees.”

State parks encompassing mountain peaks can be simultaneously activated for Summits on the Air (SOTA) awards. Parks on the Air identifiers are on the WWFF website. Activators can list future park activations on the WWFF website or on the Vermont Parks on the Air Facebook page. Participants are encouraged to also submit logs to the Logbook of the World.

Contact Henneberger for more information.