by William Eric McFadden

From the park website:

The Little Miami State and National Scenic River offers bikers and paddlers a trip into one of Ohio's most beautiful and historic areas. Visitors can traverse the 50-mile linear park by water, on the Little Miami State and Natural Scenic River, or on land via the Little Miami Scenic Bikeway Trail.



Eric's station -- click to enlarge On Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, two members of the Southeast Ohio Radio Adventure Team performed a successful activation of Little Miami State Park in Ohio as part of the Parks on the Air (POTA; link) program.

Eric McFadden, WD8RIF, and Miles McFadden, KD8KNC, performed the quick activation of Little Miami State Park along at the Corwin Staging Area while enroute home following a family visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. They were accompanied by Vickie McFadden, KC8MAJ.

The trio arrived at the Corwin Staging Area at about 2045 UTC. Parking the car in an end parking space, Eric and Miles deployed Eric's 28½' wire antenna on his 31' Jackite telescoping fiberglass mast and drive-on base. Because of the cool temperature, and seek shade from the glare of the Fall sun, Eric set up his station in his car. Eric was on the air at 2103 UTC.

As expected, Eric had excellent cell-signal and was able to self-spot himself on the POTA Spots website as well as to look for park-to-park (P2P) QSO opportunities.

Eric operating -- click to enlarge Eric began operations on 80m and his first QSO there came at 2106 UTC with NE4TN in Tennessee. QSOs came very quickly, with Eric's eighth QSO coming at 2113 UTC with N9EDL in Indiana.

Switching to 40m, Eric's first QSO there came at 2118 UTC with WA2FBN in New York. As on 80m, QSOs came quickly, with Eric's tenth QSO on 40m coming at 2124 UTC with W2NR in New Hampshire.

In all, Eric made eighteen QSOs. All of Eric's QSOs were CW and were made at the 5-watt level. Miles did not operate but helped with navigation, set-up and tear-down, and photography.

Eric also submitted his log to the World Wide Flora and Fauna in Amateur Radio (WWFF; link) program.