FL State Parks On The Air 2021

It’s time for SAARS members to get ready for Florida Parks on the Air (FLSPOTA), April 3 and 4, 2021.

This event was started by a group of amateur radio operators from central Florida who love to get out and operate portable in our beautiful home state, with the intent to:

  • Promote public awareness of ham radio and Florida’s state parks system
  • Contribute to the recognition and appreciation of Florida’s diverse ecology
  • Encourage camaraderie and sportsmanship among Florida’s Amateur Radio Operators, and
  • Provide a venue for Florida amateurs to get out and enjoy operating in the great outdoors.

See the event web site at Florida Parks On The Air or more information.

SAARS will be operating from the Anastasia State Park Watersports Pavilion (same location as 2021 Winter Field Day and 2019 FLSPOTA). Our schedule:

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Time (local)  
0712 Sunrise
0800 Park Opens
0815 Begin Setup
1000 FLSPOTA operation begins for the day
1200 Lunch Begins
1300 Lunch Ends
1800 FLSPOTA operation ends for the day
1945 Sunset (park closes)

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Time (local)  
0711 Sunrise
0800 Park Opens
0815 Begin Setup
1000 FLSPOTA operation begins for the day
1800 FLSPOTA operation ends for the day
1946 Sunset (park closes)

In order to coordinate our operation throughout the weekend we are looking for members to volunteer for these positions for the event:

  • Band Manager – assigns band to each operator position during the day
  • Antenna Coordinator – determines antenna farm layout and filtering scheme
  • Log Keeper – creates logs sheets, collects at end of day, submits to FLSPOTA for scoring

Please consider volunteering for one of these positions for one or both of the days, it will help make the event even more successful.

Stay tuned for additional communication regarding this event, including a survey to collect information from attendees and a Zoom meeting invitation for a planning event on the evening Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Please call or write with any questions or comments.

Bob Sileo, N2PE