Category: Beginners corner

Beginner’s Corner January 2019

Climb to New Heights with SOTA By KJ4CMY   We continue our series on portable operations by looking at SOTA, Summits on the Air. According to the web site (, SOTA is “an awards scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas”.    This doesn’t mean you have to climb miles up […]

Beginner’s Corner December 2018

  Hams Helping Hams    This column has started has discussing different organizations that encourage hams to get out and operate portable.  We will continue that theme in a couple months, but something has come up to make me pause and reflect on another aspect of amateur radio for this month.  This is the part […]

Beginner’s Corner November 2018

Parks on the Air, Part II    Last time we discussed the Parks on the Air (POTA) Program. Since I wrote that column, several items of note crossed my mind.    First, when you activate a site, any site with any of the “On the Air” programs, keep a logbook. You will be entering the […]

Beginner’s Corner October 2018

Parks on the Air (POTA)      Last time we mentioned some of the programs that encourage hams to take their radios and travel to “activate” various locations.  Today we will take a closer look at “Parks on the Air”, or simply POTA.  POTA is an outgrowth of the National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) […]

Beginner’s Corner September 2018

Taking your Radio on the Road    Autumn and cooler weather will soon be upon us.  This means we no longer have to sweat it out when going outdoors.  Time to take that new radio of yours outdoors!    It’s nice to go to a local park and see who is on the air.  Gwinnett […]

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