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 1x1 callsign is in hand N7P (National 7 area Park) and will be active in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona on 4/16/2016. We will be operating at least 3 radios wtih 4 operators with one possible digital running either PSK,RTTY or JT65 if the bands are crappy.  More info on freq and modes as we get closer. This will coincide with the National Park Service event https://www.nps.gov/findapark/national-park-week.htm running from 4/16-4/25 2016.

Learn more about NPOTA events going on all year.
https://npota.arrl.org
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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016, 06:34:59 PM »
I should be able to talk to AZ on psk31 on 40M
hopefully a band is chosen that I have an antenna for

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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2016, 06:52:55 PM »
Space. 20 seem open better during the day and 40 in the evening.  What antennas do you have?   

If you keep an eye on the FB page you will see activators self-spotting or chasers spotting them.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NPOTA/

We will try everything and use this as a general guide
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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2016, 08:50:19 PM »
I have an NVIS 40M antenna...
with the tuner it tries to work on 80M but fails quite badly
it tunes on 20M and I can here others, but have yet to make a contact on it,
it tunes on 10M, but can't even here others with it
it tunes on 6M, and can't even hit a local repeater with 100W that I can hit with 5W on a hand held radio

other antennas would be hamstick kind, 80, 40, 10, 6


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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016, 09:54:03 PM »
Space keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/groups/NPOTA
For posting of freqs and times for next Sat. 

Or on QRZ N7P page that has been created for this event

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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2016, 06:06:48 PM »
Hopefully some of you Prepared Ham boys & girls will try to contact us next weekend. I'll be there to make sure AD stays out of trouble  ;)

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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2016, 10:01:16 PM »
If the bands be good ,I'll give you all a call .
Thanks for the activation   :)

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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2016, 10:20:10 PM »
We drove to a town called Pinetop, AZ and staying in one of the guys cabin.

Leave innthe AM for 1.5 to the Petrified Forest NP in the AM.

Hop to be on the air ~8AM PST.

I will post here and on FB NPOTA and twitter.
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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2016, 08:11:34 PM »
Only heard N7P one time on 20 meters ,then nothing but noise from both sides . :(
Tomorrow maybe .

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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2016, 06:47:21 PM »
The weather up there on Saturday was a mixture of light snow & rain, and continued wet conditions for most of the day. We had a good time though and learned quite a bit from the experience, especially me.  ;)

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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2016, 08:55:20 PM »
Only heard N7P one time on 20 meters ,then nothing but noise from both sides . :(
Tomorrow maybe .

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20m, 40m and all the other HF bands were down in the dirt for the majority of the day, with occasional pockets of good comm. 

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Re: National Parks on The Air special event Petrified Forest 4/16/2105
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2016, 10:14:25 PM »
20m, 40m and all the other HF bands were down in the dirt for the majority of the day, with occasional pockets of good comm.
Yep, but there was a pipe open to South America in the late afternoon.  There were some pileups I couldn't crack into before heavy QSB settled in.  Then the grill took over my interest ---
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