POTA Surprise…!

I have been aware of the POTA (Parks on the Air) (https://parksontheair.com) program since its inception. In fact, Bob VA3QV and myself pioneered “HF from the Park” in the Ottawa Valley way before POTA was even conceived. Nevertheless, although I started logging the occasional POTA QSO over 6 years ago, I had never bothered to register as a POTA member. However, a few weeks ago, prompted by Bob — an accomplished POTA Hunter — I decided to give it a try and signed up. And today, as I fired up the old 703 in 20m, I was able to log a CW QRP QSO with Craig K0CMH who was calling CW POTA while activating Park K-3357 at the Mastodon State Historic Site, North of Imperial, MO. After such a success, I decided to check my own Hunting Logs in the POTA site and much to my suprise I noticed that all my past POTA Hunter QSOs were there, that they were going as far back as a Field Day 2015, when I had logged a contact with W1OP operating from Park K-2868 (Beavertail State Park, RI), and that all those old Hunter QSOs were making me eligible for the POTA lowest Hunter Certificate: the “Bronze Certificate”. Here it is. Not a major achievement, but a surprise nevertheless…