Are you like most Americans and live close to a Walmart? Why not take advantage of that on April 28th and 29th of this year with the Walmart Parking Lots On The Air(WMPLOTA) Event.
This event spawned from a realization of Chris, K7TAB, and other satellite operators, that there are several Walmart’s that have parking lots that lie along a grid boundary.
On April 14, Chris K7TAB operated from the EM99/FM09 gridline, which just happened to run through a Walmart parking lot in Morgantown, WV. When Chris posted this activation to Twitter, many other rovers in the amateur satellite community mentioned how they also had operated from Walmart parking lots across the country, which also happened to be conveniently located on gridlines.
Quote from the WMPLOTA website
Seeing how the idea of this event only occurred a couple weeks ago, and the event is only about a week away, doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.
This short time frame doesn’t leave much time for advertising the event. Personally, I would’ve at least picked it back to the weekend before Memorial Day or the first part of June.
This event is can be participated by both those that want to go out and activate a Walmart parking lot, called “Associates”or by “chasers” that make contact with those that do, called “Shoppers”.
The event runs from 0000 UTC on the 28th through 2359 UTC on the 29th.
There are some very interesting awards with this event, so make sure you check out the website at:
This is the latest of the “On The Air” events that have started since the National Parks On The Air event a couple years ago.
- Parks On The Air
- NASA On The Air
- Texas State Parks On The Air – I’m sure there are other states that have events like this as well
- Summits On The Air – this one was around before NPOTA
- Jamboree On The Air – this one was around before NPOTA as well
Just to name a few…
Are you going to participate in this event? If you do, please leave a comment below and let me know how you did.
Until next time
73 de K5CLM