October 22, 2022


By Michal (VE7TMZ)


Michal, VE7TMZ, along with his friend Austin, VE7QH, met at Pritchard Provincial Park near Kamloops for a Saturday morning POTA activation.  It was the first time that this park, https://pota.app/#/park/VE-3984, was fully activated.

The weather cooperated beautifully with a high of 15C, moderate wind, and lots of sunshine.

Austin is a seasoned POTA operator, whereas I have only been out a couple of times, both of which were unsuccessful due to rig/antenna/cabling problems.  Big thanks to Austin for mentoring me and getting me on the air this time!

I operated FT8 on 20m, whereas Austin operated CW also on 20m.  The bands did not cooperate at first, but towards late morning/lunch they opened up and we were able to make 10+ successful contacts in a short time.  I tried to use 40m, but with the wind swinging the antenna, the SWR jumped excessively between 1.5 - 4, so I opted not to use that band.  We each also made a 2m simplex contact.

Austin used:

  • Yaesu FT-891 transceiver @ max 100w
  • an LDG antenna tuner
  • CQ paddles and straight key
  • Chameleon MPAS Lite vertical antenna
  • HamRS on cell phone
  • 9Ah lead acid battery in custom made battery box

I used:

  • Icom IC-7100 @ max 50w
  • N7DDC ATU-100 tuner
  • Wolf River Coils TIA 1000 antenna
  • Evolve III Windows 10 laptop with HamRS
  • 35Ah lead acid battery in custom made battery box