POTA Activation, and Hiking, Mounds State Park 7/13/2020

Mounds State Park is Indiana’s smallest state park. Located in Anderson, Indiana, about 45 minutes North of Indy, it’s a lovely park with some great hiking opportunities.

On this day, we were visiting for two reasons—to hike trails 1 and 2 (which form a loop), and to activate the park for the ham radio Parks on the Air program.

It was an unseasonably pleasant day for mid July–temps in the low 80’s and low humidity, so back in the woods it was a quite pleasant day for hiking.

The trail starts near the Bronnenburg House, which has been maintained as is part of park property.

The trail then winds through a meadow before entering some pretty deep woods. We made a new friend as we were approaching the woods.

That’s a Black Rat Snake, and he was a beauty indeed! We was suspicious of us, but not unfriendly.

Off to the deep woods we went. It’s surprising how quickly these woods get thick, and this is pretty typical Indiana forest.

After 3/4 of a mile or so, and a pretty steep incline down to the river, the trail meanders beside the river for 1/2 mile or so. This is the White river, popular for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.

After meandering along the river, it intersects with trail 2, which leads up a quite steep incline, and back up near the Bronnenburg house.

After a brief visit to the nature center/restrooms, we found a shady place to set up for our POTA activation.

For gear, I was running a Yaesu FT100, running 25 watts, into a hamstick mounted on top of the car. It take 10 contacts to consider a park activated, and we made 10 in 5 minutes, one right after another. We were working on 50 meters, and worked stations in Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois. After the required 10 contacts, we made a few more and then decided to switch over to 20 meters. 20 meter conditions weren’t very good, so we didn’t snag any contacts over there. sadly.

All in all, though, a great day. We got to go hiking and play ham radio in spectacular weather.

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