Find a comfy rock and join us!

Parks on the Air (POTA) was founded Sept. 15, 2010, to encourage amateur-radio operators who enjoy the outdoors -- but who may not be interested in or able to take long hikes or make steep climbs -- to blend their interests by operating from municipal, county, state, provincial, and national parks around the world.

Hike in if you like. Drive in if you don't. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that you find ways to tickle the ionosphere from the Great Outdoors.

Hundreds of parks await their initial activation, which entitles them to a designation number for later exchanges as the group's awards program takes shape.

The rules for activating are simple:
  • A minimum of five contacts on any amateur-radio band, using any mode (if using FM on VHF or UHF, simplex only), made since Sept. 15, 2010.
  • Use any power level allowed within the terms of your license.
  • Contacts can be made over several visits to a park, although experience shows that you often can make enough contacts between lunch and dinner to meet the five-contact minimum.
To stay up to date on upcoming activations or to read accounts of past activations, feel free to join our Yahoo group. You can sign up here.

Come join the fun! We look forward to  your activations!


Fred, VE3FAL
Kyle, N4NSS
Pete, W1PNS


Coming Activations

(Dates and times subject to last-minute change)

Sept. 10

Ohio State Parks on the Air - 1600-2359 UTC

Indiana State Parks on the Air -  1600-2359 UTC

Index of POTA Parks*
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europa
  • Oceania
  • North America
  • South America
*These pages are under construction. Links will go live as pages are added. Until then, for a roster of parks and their activations, visit the organization's Yahoo group. You will need software that can read Excel files to open the rosters.

Other links to ham-radio outdoor sites

Summits on the Air
Islands on the Air
Adventure Radio Society
Indiana Parks on the Air
Ohio State Parks on the Air