Edit: moving up the time to 1800 UTC-?
I’m making a quick trip to deliver some furniture to a business down in Port Isabel this weekend, and figured it’d be a good chance to activate another park in that beautiful area of Texas! The Lower Rio Grande Valley is considered a National Wildlife Refuge, and consists of many different protected areas, most concentrated along the Rio Grande river.
The borders for this particular park ‘area’ are pretty vast as you can see. It really encompasses a vast area throughout South Texas, so I definitely won’t be short of space when it comes to finding a spot! This will be park #4, onwards & upwards to #10 to qualify for the Bronze Activator Award. Though to be honest, I’m not really an award chaser – I enjoy the outdoor operation above all else!
I’m shooting for an ETA of 2000UTC to 2300UTC, and will plan to operate on 20/30/40m. SSB for certain, digital is a maybe (i’d like to try the new FT8 mode – would work perfect for a portable setup!). Hoping the bands are cooperative, I might even try the 2 meter band which I always seem to forget that I can use to attain my necessary 44 QSOs for the park!
I don’t see any other major contests going on this weekend… one thing I failed to check on previous activations! Lesson learned. (Unless I need to be worried about the Scottish DX contest… bring it on Scots!).
Work me if you can! I’ll post my frequencies within the KFF POTA Facebook Group, but appreciate spotting on clusters if you can hear me! I’ll stay as close as I can to the 44’s (WWFF-POTA frequencies are on the 44’s, i.e. 7.144, 14.244…)