Here’s what’s happening - in 2021, two operators ( N5HA, Kenneth Bailey & W9AV, Clint Sprott ) managed to work at least 1 park every UTC day. My goal for 2022 is to do the same, and to try and write a short post about the day’s first contact. If you want to play along, feel free - I’ll be sharing updates about it during the monthly POTA updates that I prepare for the various ham radio media outlets.
now that you’re in the know about the Baily-Sprott Challenge, here’s the scoop for today:
Bailey-Sprott Challenge Update
Today’s first contact was with another one of the ‘regulars’ - John, KN4SWS. He described to me how he was set up at K-1847, using a hamstick, clamped to a ground rod that was a foot into the ground, with 4 radials running out from it. Even though it sounds modest, his signal was just booming in - I suspect he was getting a little help from all the salt water that he’s usually right next too :-)
Additionally, the north america QSO party is going on this weekend, so some of the POTA activators moved around to some places they don’t really go. I actaully saw a spot for PSK31, which I always enjoy so I jumped over there - just as the intial exhance of callsigns was finishing, my computer locked up, so I’ll have to just wait and see if enough of the details got through before the freeze, for the op to log it. I’ll have to fiddle around and see if I can replicate the freeze up, but I suspect it was just one of the glitchy things that happens sometimes.