Successful POTA - Illustrated Guide to Parks On The Airsm by WV1W
Second Edition - New for 2022!

I have been licensed since 1975. For quite a while I was so bored with the hobby that I donated my home station to the Red Cross.

Then, the ham bug bit me again. This time, I stumbled upon Parks On The Air which dramatically renewed my interest and enjoyment of the hobby.

During the past couple years I operated in parks over 380 times. I'm in the top 1% of 8,450 activators with 90 POTA awards including over a dozen "Kilos."

As a "hunter" I've worked over 2,745 parks, but the best part is all the new ham friends I've come to know through repeat contacts and over 30,753 POTA QSOs.

I made plenty of mistakes and found affordable solutions to activating successfully. Successful POTA is a collection of this knowledge, with a wealth of tips for newbies and projects for the more adventurous who enjoy making their own antennas.

This is the new Second Edition updated for 2022 with twice the content (more rigs and antennas) and new sections on CW, digital modes, QRP, and my secret POTA Tricks for getting more contacts.

There is something in this book for anyone interested in POTA. No need to take my word on it; just read the comments below!

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• Getting Started
• Choosing a Rig
• Portable Power
• Antennas for POTA
• Masts & Supports
• Coax & Connectors
• Tuners & Analyzers
• Packing Your Kit
• Activating & Spotting
• Logging & Uploading
• Frequencies - New
• CW POTA - New
• Digital POTA - New
• QRP POTA - New
• Late Shift - New
• POTA Tricks - New
• and more!


includes handy
activation checklist

Tested Techniques
Avoid Problems
Success = Fun!

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Over 930 distributed so far. Comments from readers:

Great primer on POTA!
That certainly answers a bunch of the questions I had!
A fine job!

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The book looks great! I did get to read it and you have covered all the bases in it.
Mike, K8MRD Radio Stuff
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The book exceeds my expectations, it's great, easy to read and understand very clearly... thanks for leaving us your tricks and experiences to be able to continue in the hobby...
73 WP4O, Peter
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I just finished reading your POTA book, enjoyed it very much and learned a few things. 

Glenn, K0KER
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Hi Don, I wanted to tell you that your book was great. I have been a ham for 10 years and I, like you, had POTA reinvigorate me.

The book was perfect for gear. I wish I had that book several hundred dollars ago. I, like you, use a FT-891. Great idea on the tree trimming poles. I went out and ordered 4.

Also the 2 software programs were good options. I’d like to figure out how to use a raspberry pi and a tablet, but that is POTA 3.0.

Again, a great read. I told Walt KB3SBC and he ordered a copy. It’s definitely the go-to guide for POTA. Thanks,
Bill, W3FRB
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Good read! I like the section with home brew antenna ideas 💡 and covering etiquette is excellent (need more of that on 75/80 meters LoLz 😆). Overall, two thumbs up 👍👍
73 de KI4LLA, Darrell
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This book is awesome! I have already finished! And will be reading it again!

You have a great writing style. You impart a lot of knowledge and its a very fun read. Although i have learned a lot from videos, this filled in lots of gaps. Especially about logging and spotting.

Your antenna info is spot on. I have been experimenting madly, and have come to similar conclusions.

Again, thank you!!! A fantastic book, that everyone interested in POTA should read.

Mark, WB9YOJ
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Don, The book downloaded beautifully on Kindle. We were very happy with it. My husband Tom K6KTH and I both found it interesting and helpful. He loved all of the antenna information! He's my techy and keeps me on the air.
Dede, K6DDZ
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Good morning, Don. Thanks for all the info. I did download your book and enjoyed it tremendously. Got some tips that I plan on incorporating within our POTA setup. Thanks again and we also look forward to working you via park to park. Enjoy the day and stay safe and healthy. 73
Graham, W3GAA
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Don ... Read your book last night, it was fantastic. Had me up for hours making a plan on how I can start activating on a budget ... 73
Mark, KC3JTF
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I have enjoyed your book! It is a top quality resource for those getting started in POTA, and thoroughly describes the considerations and decisions we, as activators, are faced with. I encourage you to market it further, especially to those new hams who learn best by reading! It will surely save some from the headache of a failed activation and increase the enjoyment others take from POTA!
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Don, I did download it and read it last night! It is very informative and answered all of the questions I had about getting into POTA. Thanks,
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It is a great read. Thanks for all the valuable information provided. I'll soon be getting a couple more. They make wonderful gifts. Take care and 73,
Nomar, NP4H
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