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Activating ham radio from a new national park

Mark Brooky • Sep 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM

The National Parks Service is marking its 100th anniversary this year, and amateur radio operators are joining the celebration by operating all year from many if not all of the locations.

Fred and Anita Kemmerer of Hollis, N.H., are avid bloggers of their licensed ham radio operations. In late August, the Kemmerers fired up their mobile rig at the country’s newest addition to the parks service.

“Ever since we built our mobile HF station, we’ve talked about taking it to Acadia National Park in Maine and operating from the top of Cadillac Mountain,” they posted late last month. “The 2016 ARRL NPOTA (National Parks On The Air) event gave us the motivation to plan the trip for the week before Labor Day.

“The week before our trip, we saw an article in the ARRL Letter encouraging operation from the newly declared National Monument, Katadhin Woods and Waters in Maine, which had just be designated as NPOTA MN84. Visiting the NPS website, we learned that the park is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Bar Harbor, where we are staying. We decided to accept the challenge to be the first to activate the new park.”

You’ll see some grand photos of their operation and the park on their blog post: “NPOTA Fun – Activating a New Park.”

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