Ohio State Parks On The Air OSPOTA@groups.io

Hello OSPOTA Fans,

The 12th annual Ohio State Parks On The Air (OSPOTA) contest will be held on Saturday - September 7, 2019. This contest as always held on the first Saturday following the Labor Day holiday.

The OSPOTA contest was conceived with three main goals in mind:
1. To promote public awareness of amateur radio and Ohio’s beautiful state parks system
2. To contribute to the recognition that Ohio has a very diverse and wonderful ecology
3. To promote camaraderie within the ranks of Ohio’s Amateur Radio Operators

Your participation has allowed these goals to be achieved. We agree it is a lot of fun to get out in a natural setting with your radio and see how well you can do at working operators in the beautiful Ohio State Parks.

The contest hours will be from 1400 UTC to 2200 UTC (10 am to 6 pm ET). 

The contest committee has been busy going over the rules and information about the contest and there are some minor changes for 2019. 

Please be aware that starting with OSPOTA 2020 - Only Electronic (Cabrillo files) will be accepted for entries. No more text, pdf, csv, adif, bin, photos of logs, paper, etc. Comparing contest logs is being changed and we need your log file in standard Cabrillo format. More information will be coming out before 2020.

We hope this year’s OSPOTA is bigger and better. 

At this point, there will be 75 Ohio State Parks open for 2019. This includes the NEW Jesse Owens State Park. Be aware, the Jesse Owens State Park is not the entire Jessie Owens Wildlife Area. Check the Files section here on the Yahoo Group for the Jesse Owens State Park Map for details.

As in the past - you can let us know which State Park you plan on activating and we’ll keep everyone informed. Send your planned park info to: PlannedParks@ospota.org and please include the call to be used.

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