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POTA: Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

POTA: Author R Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge

Last month, our amateur radio club hosted a Pre-Parks on the Air (POTA) event at the scenic Parkland Equestrian Center. And let me tell you, it was nothing short of spectacular. From the finely-tuned stations to the unexpected surprises, it was a day filled with camaraderie, good food, and exciting contacts.

Thanks to our diligent preparation during the previous event, setting up for this POTA event was a breeze. Our stations were finely tuned, and our documentation was in order, thanks in part to the invaluable assistance of Justin, a POTA representative who graced us with his presence. With his help, we were able to streamline our processes and make numerous successful contacts throughout the day.

The event drew a nice crowd, with members from multiple clubs joining us to share in the excitement. We even had special visits from Sean of the Parks department and representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which added an extra layer of significance to our gathering.

One of the highlights of the day was making contact with a pilot cruising at 38,000 feet. It was a thrilling moment that showcased the power and reach of amateur radio, reminding us of the endless possibilities the hobby offers.

Of course, no event is complete without delicious food, and we made sure to keep everyone well-fed with a spread of barbecue delights. From chicken sandwiches to juicy hamburgers and hotdogs, accompanied by plenty of sides and refreshing drinks, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

The setting couldn’t have been more perfect. Nestled in a picturesque location with a gentle breeze and manicured grassy surroundings, it provided the ideal backdrop for our activities. The weather cooperated beautifully, with sunny skies and a comfortable temperature of around 75 degrees, making it a truly idyllic day outdoors.

Beyond our radio activities, we also took the opportunity to assist passing bike riders with hydration and welcomed curious visitors who showed a keen interest in our event. It was heartening to see the community engagement and the genuine enthusiasm for amateur radio.

As the day drew to a close, we wrapped up our activities with a light sprinkle of rain, which served as a refreshing conclusion to our eventful day. Packing up our gear, we couldn’t help but reflect on the incredible experiences we had shared and the bonds we had forged.

With memories of this successful POTA event still fresh in our minds, we eagerly look forward to the next opportunity to gather and indulge in our shared passion. After all, it’s moments like these that remind us why we love amateur radio and the sense of camaraderie it fosters within our community. Until next time, happy hamming!

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POTA EVENT

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May 25th

POTA: Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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